Units responding for crash in Salem

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 6:50 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Resue units are responding to a crash in the 12600 block of Antioch Road in Salem.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved and some injuries being reported. Vehicles are in traffic.

Units responding to grass fire in Salem

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:20 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a grass fire near 260th Avenue and Highway F in Salem.

Deputies at the scene report fire is about a quarter of a mile from the road. Grass rig is responding.

UPDATE 12:48 p.m. — Additional off road fire equipment being dispatched from Twin Lakes Fire Department and Bristol Fire and Rescue.

Units responding to crash along Highway C

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:18 p.m., Randall Fire Department units, Twin Lakes Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 32700 block of Highway C in an area along the Twin Lakes-Randall border.

Per dispatch, a single vehicle has hit a tree.

UPDATE 12:24 p.m. — Traffic being blocked in both directions.

This is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

NOAA stock photo /public domain

NOAA stock photo /public domain

Kenosha County Emergency Management Director Lt. Gil Benn has released the following information regarding Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is April 21-25, including a a statewide mock tornado warning on Thursday, April 24:

Listen, Act and Live! Those words could protect you and your family during severe storm season. Listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately will save lives. That’s why Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have teamed up for Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week April 21-25, 2014. Did you know that… • Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. • In 2013, 16 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin including six during the night and early morning hours of August 6-7 when an EF2 struck near New London in Waupaca and Outagamie counties. That tornado injured two residents and caused millions of dollars in damage. • In 2012, only 4 tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin by the NWS. The strongest tornado hit near Patch Grove in Grant County on September 4. No fatalities or injuries were reported. • In 2011, 38 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the NWS, the fourth highest number on record. On August 19, a man was killed when a tornado with winds of 105 mph struck Marinette County. • The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year, like the January 7, 2008 storms in Kenosha. On Thursday, April 24, 2014, a statewide tornado drill is planned. 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. 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 Important: 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 on Thursday April 24, the tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, April 25 with the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday the drill will be cancelled.

A word from our sponsors: April 20, 2014 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):

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Units responding for fire in Paris

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:13 a.m., Paris Fire and Rescue, Bristol Fire and Rescue and Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a fire in the 900 block of 172nd Avenue in Paris.

Per dispatch: Fire is in an apartment barn. People at the scene are trying to put it out with water. No one is in the barn.

UPDATE 9:18 a.m. — Dispatch says a caller at the scene reports that fire was in a sewing machine and is believed to be out now.

High temps in the 70s Sunday and Monday

hot-thermometer-istockNow here’s some good weather news: The National Weather Service is forecasting high temperatures in the 70s Sunday and Monday.

Sunday looks to be the nicer day, with a high of 72 and mostly sunny skies.

Monday, the temp is forecast to be 70, but there’s also a 70 percent chance of rain.

HCE to host stem cell & tissue regeneration program on May 7

hce-logoThe Kenosha County Association for Home & Community Education will be hosting an Educational Program on “Stem Cell & Tissue Regeneration – Research Updates” at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St., (Highways 45 and 50) Bristol, on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. This program is open to the public.

Twin Lakes PD to take part in National Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative

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/Photo by foxumon via stock/xchng

The Twin Lakes Police Department will participate in the   U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration eighth National Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative on April 26.

The Police Department is one of six locations in Kenosha County that has a Medication Drop Box and is available 24/7, located in the lobby of the Police Department located at 920 Lance Drive in Twin Lakes. Between 10 and 2 p.m. on April 26, the department will have a volunteer and an officer in the parking lot to accept the medications to make it easier for residents who will not have to exit their vehicle

National Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative is a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous pharmaceutical controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. This one-day effort will continue to bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances may be collected. The general public is often unaware of the distinction in medication status. Also included is pet medication, ointments and creams. For Wisconsin participants, liquids will continue to be accepted during this initiative. However, the liquids must be in their original packaging and evenly distributed within the boxes of collected solid prescription medications. No drums/containers of liquids without the original packaging will be accepted.

Inhalers and needles/sharps will not be accepted.

Trevor-Wilmot School community raises $4,660 for American Heart Association

/Submitted photo

/Submitted photo

Trevor-Wilmot School participated in its Third Annual Red Out for the American Heart Association this past March. Several brave staff members participated in a basketball game against the 8th grade boys and girls basketball players. The staff squeaked out a hard-fought 51-49 win against the students. The school community raised $4,660 for the American Heart Association, which will help in the awareness and prevention of heart disease. Many students won special prizes through a number chance game, participation in a basketball shooting contest, and the first ever Quackie Toss. Three lucky teachers won an oil change donated by Hartnell Chevrolet. The crowd was loud, and everyone seemed to have a great time.

/Submitted photo

/Submitted photo

Deaths April 18, 2014: George E. Schultz, Raymond Walter “Hap” LaMeer

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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Units responding for crash in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 8:47 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue is responding to a scene of a crash in the 16700 block of Highway C.

Per dispatch: Deputies were already on the scene of a crash. Vehicles pulled into a driveway. One of the people involved is reporting arm pain.

UPDATE 8:56 p.m. — Fire unit on scene releases other responding units.

Units responding to crash in Paddock Lake

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:40 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash in the 24400 block of Highway 50 in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: Four vehicles involved, in the eastbound lanes. Extent of injuries unknown.

UPDATE 5:44 p.m. — Salem fire command request that an additional Salem ambulance be dispatched.

UPDATE 5:46 p.m. — Deputies on scene reporting three injured people — head injury, back injury, chest pain.

UPDATE 5:48 p.m. — Fire command says vehicles showing minor to moderate damage.

UPDATE 5:49 p.m. — Deputy asking for two tow trucks.

UPDATE 6:14 p.m. — One Salem ambulance transporting a patient to a Kenosha hospital and another Salem ambulance transporting a patient to a Burlington hospital.

Circuit Court ruling on Bristol annexation upheld in appeals court

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Photo by Jason Morrison via stock.xchng

A Kenosha County Circuit Court ruling that said the mass annexation that united Bristol as a single municipality in 2010 was legal has been affirmed at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals level.

Dr. J. Michael Ries and Ries Partners filed a complaint in Circuit Court arguing that the annexation did not satisfy “the rule of reason.” Circuit Court Judge  Bruce E. Schroeder ruled in 2012 that Ries’ complaint failed to prove that the annexation violated the judicial Rule of Reason.

A Court of Appeals panel issued a decision Thursday that upheld the Circuit Court finding, therefore leaving the annexation intact.

The whole decision is available here.

Salem School family 5K Run / Walk is May 31

salem-falcon-webSalem School is hosting a Salem Family 5K Run / Walk on Saturday, May 31. The event is being organized by Salem teachers and the Staff Wellness Committee. Local businesses and the school’s health insurance provider are sponsoring the run / walk. Other activities will take place in addition to the run / walk. There will be music, magic tricks, and face painting. An appearance from the Kenosha Kingfish mascot “Elvis” is also planned.

Fee for entering is $10 for an individual or $15 for a family. More information and a registration form is available here.

A word from our sponsors: Bristol Tire relocates and becomes Pete’s Automotive

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Pete’s Automotive is open in its new location at 43420 N US Highway 45 in Antioch.

The business, formerly known as Bristol Tire, moved from its old location on Highway 45 in Bristol after being relocated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for a road widening project. The new building includes a waiting area with free wi-fi, a stocked coffee bar, comfortable seating  as well as a fireplace and TV. There also is a children’s play area.

But the main reason you pick an automotive repair shop is the service they perform. Pete’s Automotive’s experienced and highly skilled mechanics perform a wide variety of auto service using the latest technology including:

  • Oil Changes
  • Tire Rotations
  • New Tires
  • Towing
  • Transmission Flushes
  • Cooling System Flush
  • Diagnostics
  • AC Repair
  • Tune-ups
  • Brakes
  • Alignments
  • Shocks/Struts
  • Suspension Work
  • Engine Work
  • Transmission Work
  • Wipers

Pete’s Automotive is dedicated to auto repair and to serving you with quality and value. Their mission statement says:

For the many years we’ve been in business, we have been striving to provide our clients the best quality service possible to gain their full satisfaction. And they’ve shown their appreciation by coming back to us repeatedly. We want to be the auto maintenance and repair facility for all your automotive needs.

Next week only (4/21-4/25) Pete’s Automotive we will have a oil change special of $14.95 (5w30 oil only up to 5qts).

Pete’s Automotive is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone: 847-395-AUTO.

You can like them on Facebook and on their website.

A view of the waiting area at Pete's Automotive.

A view of the waiting area at Pete’s Automotive.

A view of the children's play area at Pete's Automotive.

A view of the children’s play area at Pete’s Automotive.

Union Cemetery Association to hold annual meeting April 27

The Union Cemetery Association will be having their annual meeting on Sunday, April 27, 2014. The meeting starts at 1:30pm and will be held at the Paddock Lake Village Hall, 6969 236th Ave. Minutes from the last meeting will be read and a financial report given. Anyone with lots-plots or anyone interested in purchasing them at Union Cemetery is welcome to attend.

Personal budget program to be held April 23 in Twin Lakes

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Photo by mensatic via morgueFile.com

The workshop, Making Sense of Your Personal Budget,  will be held on Wednesday, April 23 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Twin Lakes Community Library branch, 110 S. Lake Ave., Twin Lakes. This free workshop is put on by Wisconsin Business Initiative Corp. Participants will learn the skills needed to plan and stick to a budget and real-life tips and tricks to manage money better.

Units responding for CO alarm in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:41 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to a carbon monoxide alarm in the 11500 block of 107th Street in Bristol.

UPDATE 7:42 p.m. — Dispatch tells Bristol fire base that no one at the scene is experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure.

UPDATE 8 p.m. — All fire department units returning to quarters.

Bristol Village Board approves purchase of land for park expansion

In the map above, Hansen Park is just east of 200th Avenue (Highway 45) and south of 86th Place. The land to be purchased is just south of the park.

The Bristol Village Board has accepted an offer to purchase land that will be used for an expansion of Hansen Park.

The village will pay $18,000 per acre for just under 30 acres.

About $150,000 of the approximately $500,000 total cost will be covered by impact fee collected by the village from developers, said Randy Kerkman, village administrator. The rest of the money will be internally borrowed from village reserves and paid back to that fund.

Plans already made for the property call for a ball field complex to be developed on the land. A timeline for actually developing the property along those lines has not been created yet, Kerkman said.

Deal of the Day: Luisa’s $25 gift card half off

Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal! Our offering today is from Luisa’s Restaurant, 317th Avenue and Highway 50 in Wheatland. Luisa’s is the place for a taste of Italian & American cuisine. Known for their pizzas, their classic thin crust is legendary! For the hearty appetite they can prepare pan or stuffed pizza and they dare you to try to eat more than one piece! Luisa’s menu doesn’t stop at pizza. They also feature pasta dishes, sandwiches, burgers and more. Their Friday Fish Fry is a hit with the locals and be sure to check out the daily specials. The offered gift card is for $25, which we are selling for $13.50 (includes $1 processing charge). Card 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 medical call at Bristol School

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 11:34 a.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to Bristol School for a medical call.

Patient is an adult male who fell in the cafeteria.

Units responding to crash in Paris

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 11:16 a.m., Paris Fire and Rescus units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash along Highway 142 just west of I-94 in Paris.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved; scene is not blocking the road.

Silver Lake sewer bills will be delayed

silver-lake-VHSoftware snafus caused by a computer operating system update have caused Silver Lake sewer bills to be delayed, village Clerk/Treasurer Terry Faber announced at Wednesday’s Village Board meeting.

Bill are now expected to be mailed out next week. The payment deadline will be extended to compensate for the late mailing, Faber said.

John Gendron named new administrator for Randall School District

John Gendron, the Riverview School District administrator, has been named the new district administrator for the Randall School District, according to a letter distributed to Randall staff by current Randall administrator Steve Bloom.

Gendron will start at Randall effective July 1.

Bloom’s resigned his position  in January. He will continue to serve as district administrator until June 30. He had been the Randall district administrator since 2004.

In his letter to the Randall staff, Bloom wrote:

You will find Mr. Gendron to be a person of high ethical and moral character, an advocate for doing what is best for children, and a leader that will listen to concerns and issues and make every effort to reach a resolution that meets with the largest amount of support and consensus. In short, Mr. Gendron is exactly what our school needs in moving forward … Had the decision been mine alone to make to locate my successor I would not have chosen anyone other than Mr. Gendron for this position. It is my hope that you will welcome John to our “Randall Family” and that you will provide him every opportunity to succeed in his efforts to move Randall Consolidated School forward.

Gendron started at Riverview in July of 2010.


Deaths April 16, 2014: Robert N. Daniels

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Salem electors vote to form a committee to explore incorporation

town-of-salem-sign-webSalem electors at Tuesday spring electors meeting voted overwhelmingly to form a committee to explore incorporation of the town as a village.

The motion to form the committee was made by Kyle Christensen.

There was some discussion about who should be on the committee, but Christensen said he would be in favor of a mix of citizens and town officials.

All Town Board members were present and those who spoke on the matter favored forming the committee.

Said Supervisor Dennis Faber:

“I’m in favor of the committee. I think we all understand that Salem will have to incorporate at some point.”

Said Supervisor Dan Campion:

“I’m all for it. There has been so much misinformation sent out. We need to establish what it’s going to take to get us into a village.”

Said Chairman Diann Tesar:

“It’s inevitable for us to incorporate.”

Tesar said the board next month would further discuss how to get the committee formed.

The committee’s specific charge is still undefined. But the committee would only be advisory to the board and a decision to formally seek incorporation would ultimately fall to the Town Board. An en masse incorporation also would require a referendum, said town attorney Richard Scholze.

The most recent incorporation in Western Kenosha County was in Bristol in 2009. The former town of Bristol was not allowed by the state to incorporate en masse. Instead the northwest portion of the town was allowed to incorporate as a village, which it did in 2009. The village then sought to annex the rest of the town, which it did in 2010 after a referendum favoring that action (vote: 402 yes to 35 no).

Two of the other villages in Western Kenosha County were created out of territory that once was in Salem —  Silver Lake in 1926 and Paddock Lake in 1960.

Home & Community Education hosting clothing exchange May 12

hce-logoThe Kenosha County Association for Home & Community Education Clothing Exchange is providing an opportunity to clean out your closets and basements while helping yourself and others throughout our community. You are invited to bring all clothing or accessories you have outgrown or are ready to get rid of. The sizes include infant through adult. The event will be held Monday, May 12 at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St., Bristol. Bring clothing starting at 5:30 p.m. Shopping is from 7 to 8 p.m. Bring your gently used clothes from 0 – adult (you must bring clothes to participate). Clothes need to be in good shape with no holes or stains. Buy clothing at only 25 cents per item. You are encouraged to invite friends, but be sure everyone brings clothing. The money raised goes toward the purchase of books for the Wisconsin Bookworms project sponsored by HCE. A set of 8 books costs $26 and are read to the students monthly throughout the school year. There are about 235 children in the Head Start Programs throughout the city and county of Kenosha which receive a set of books. Some of these children have never owned a book and are thrilled to finally have their own special books. Aside from having learned to read themselves, some have even used the books to help teach their parents to read. Any extra items will be given to local charities and school closets to assist those in need. Please call 877-8565 if you would like to help promote literacy throughout our community. If you have any questions or would be interested in helping let HCE know. This event is sponsored by Kenosha County Association for Home & Community Education.

Units responding for fire alarm in Twin Lakes

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:22 a.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units and Twin Lakes police officers are responding to a fire alarm at a business in the 150 block of Holy Hill Road in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: A caller from the business said there was a fire in a machine.

UPDATE 7:25 a.m. — Dispatch reports that a caller from the scene says the fire is out.

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 17 through Wednesday, April 22.  Ask for a copy of the coupons — including the Super Coupons — at the store service desk.

This week’s ad includes  an Easter Baking Sale and a Three-Day Coupon Sale.

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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