Units responding for report of grass fire near Cross Lake

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 1:15 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a grass fire in the 22700 block of 126th Street in the Cross Lake area.

UPDATE 1:25 p.m. — Fire personnel at the scene requesting ATV and brush truck respond.

UPDATE 1:34 p.m. — MABAS box alarm activated. Responding to the scene are Silver Lake Fire Department and Paris Fire Department with engines, Bristol Fire Department and Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue with tenders, Paris FD with a brush truck, Silver Lake Rescue with an ambulance, Pleasant Prairie FR with a chief and Silver Lake FD with an ATV.

UPDATE 1:39 p.m. — Scene being described now as 224th Avenue and 122nd Street. Randall Fire Department toned out to respond with a brush truck and an ATV to the scene and a chief to the Trevor Station for a change of quarters.

UPDATE 1:47 p.m. — Salem F/R command has struck box alarm. Any units still responding can clear and return to quarters.

Christ Lutheran Church to host bingo Aug. 14

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Photo by macho via morgueFile.com

Christ Lutheran Church Monthly Community Bingo will take place Thursday, Aug. 14 at the church, 24929 75th St. (Highway 50), Paddock Lake. Doors open at 5 p.m.; game starts at 6 p.m.

Packages available for $10 & $20. Everyone is welcome.

On-site concessions (please, no outside food or beverages).

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.

Scully’s Silver Lake Grill to host fundraiser for Stop Diabetes Walk team

Note: Scully’s Silver Lake Grill is  a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

On Saturday, Aug. 2 Scully’s Silver Lake Grill Family is donating 10 percent of all food purchases that day to support the fundraising efforts of team “Carb” Busters, which will be participating in the Step Out: 5K Walk to Stop Diabetes on Oct. 18 to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

The team has a goal of reaching $2,000 through all of its various fundraising efforts.

Scully’s Silver Lake Grill is located at 107 S. Cogswell Drive, Silver Lake. Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Daily Rose: Fair includes a chance for sweet bids

Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

If bidding on beef, swine and poultry is not your thing, you still have other options at the Kenosha County Fair.

The annual pie auction takes place starting at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16,  in the auction building.

Up for bid will be pies and other desserts of every imaginable type and often packaged in creative ways. The bakers include local officials, champion bakers and 4-Hers.

But this is not your average bake sale. This auction benefits the fair building fund, which helps maintain the buildings that house the core fair functions.

This fun event is great family entertainment and everyone is welcome to attend and join in with a bid.

Deaths July 30, 2014: Dennis C. Honegger, Douglas B. Lunsford, Frieda M. Habschied, Jessica Ann Hartley

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 →

A word from our sponsor: Local corn now available at Meyer Family Farms Vegetable Stand; special offer for westofthei.com readers

Some of Meyer Family Farms fresh picked sweet  corn.

Some of Meyer Family Farms fresh picked sweet corn.

Note: Meyer Family Farms Vegetable Stand is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Meyer Family Farms Vegetable Stand is excited to announce that they now have their own sweet corn available for sale. Be sure to stop out and get some.

Meyer is also running a special this week only for westofthei.com readers. You can get $5 off a $25 purchase when you mention West of the I.

While you are there, Meyer is also loaded with pickles and green beans. Get some free dill with pickle or bean purchase!

Meyer Family Farms Vegetable Stand is located on Highway 50 just east of Paddock Lake.

Lake Elizabeth part of Wisconsin Walleye Initiative

US Fish and Wildlife Service artwork by Timothy Knepp /public domain

US Fish and Wildlife Service artwork by Timothy Knepp /public domain

Lake Elizabeth in Twin Lakes is a sentinel lake in the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, those attending the  Twin Lakes Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District meeting on Saturday learned.

As a result, the lake could see a huge increase in stocking of large walleye fingerlings starting in 2015, said Luke S. Roffler, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources senior fisheries biologist for Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties.

For example in 2011, the last time large fingerlings were stocked in Lake Elizabeth, about 1,300 were added. For 2015, some 14,500 large walleye fingerlings are proposed to be added to Lake Elizabeth.

“That’s a huge stocking,” Roffler said.

Large fingerlings are young fish that are at least 6 inches long. Fish this size have a greater chance of survival, Roffler said.

Though it is not a sentinel lake, Lake Mary is also slated to receive over 3,000 large fingerlings in 2015.

The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative represents a significant investment into state and private production of large fingerling walleye, Roffler explained. The goal is to bolster walleye populations throughout the state through stocking of more and larger fish and enhance Wisconsin’s reputation as a walleye fishing destination.

As a sentinel lake, Lake Elizabeth will receive higher priority for stocking and its walleye population will be studied more by the DNR, Roffler said.

In answer to a question from the audience, Roffler said he did feel that Lake Elizabeth had potential as a lake where walleye will not only thrive but also reproduce.

“This is how we will know where are walleye lakes really are,” Roffler said.

Roffler had two other recommendations for Lakes Mary and Elizabeth besides taking advantage of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative:

  • Focus on increasing bass size structure — DNR surveys of the lakes showed good catch rates for largemouth bass, but a small size structure.
  • Improve pike population as predatory control — Northerns are especially good at keeping the small panfish and small largemouth populations in check, thus increasing the size of the survivors.

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, July 30 through Wednesday, Aug. 6.  Ask for a copy of the coupons — including the Super Coupons — at the store service desk.

This week’s ad includes a Three-Day Coupon Sale and Surf and Turf sale.

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

Units responding for wire down in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:15 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a wire down in the 14700 block of 104th Street in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Sparking wire in a tree reported by a passer by.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

WEATHER-ALERT-logo-all-3-webThe National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for an area of Wisconsin including Kenosha County.

The warning is in effect until 9:15 p.m.

This storm is traveling at about 60 mph. Radar indicates that the storm is over the Burlington area now and heading southeast.

This storm has produced some nickel-sized hail, says the NWS.

UPDATE about 8:45 p.m. — Strong wind starts in Paddock Lake.

UPDATE 8:52 p.m. — Raining now too.

UPDATE 9:02 p.m. — Wind calmer now in Paddock Lake.

Deaths July 29, 2014: Theresa A. Mattis

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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 report of fire in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:48 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Town of Salem Fire/Rescue, Paris Fire and Rescue and Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a fire at a mobile home park in the 8700 block of 184th Avenue in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Black smoke reported coming from under a unit. There also was a power outage at the facility.

UPDATE 4:52 p.m. — Per dispatch: A deputy on the scene reports smoke but no flames.

Twin Lakes Movies in the Park continues with “Despicable Me 2″

The Village of Twin Lakes Park Commission and season sponsor Baxter and Woodman Consulting Engineers 2014  Movies in the Parks program continues Friday, Aug. 1.

“Despicable Me 2″ will be screened beginning at dusk in the outdoor amphitheater on the shores of Lake Mary at Lance Park.

Bring a blanket or chair for these free, family-friendly movies. Movies are shown inside at the park in the event of rain.

Methodist churches to host “Weird Animals” vacation Bible school

Vacation Bible School will take place at Salem United Methodist Church during the week of Aug. 4-8. This event is co-organized by the five Methodist Churches of Circuit 41 (Bristol, Wesley Chapel, Pleasant Prairie, Salem and Wilmot). The theme this year is “Weird Animals” and it stresses God’s unconditional love for everyone, no matter how different they might be. VBS will take place daily from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for ages 4th to 5th grade. On the last day, Friday, a light lunch at noon will be followed by a visit from Salem Fire Department. Kids will get a chance to check out a fire engine and learn about the many ways our volunteer firefighters serve the community.
There is a small registration fee to cover the cost of materials. To speed registration on the first day, you can go to Salem United Methodist Church’s web site and download a form: http://www.salemflamesofgrace.com/2014/07/vacation-bible-school-dates-set/.
E-mail: vacationbibleschool41@gmail.com to RSVP or with any questions.

Bristol woman died in Highway C crash

The driver that died in a car crash on Highway C Monday has been identified by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department as Jessica Jones, 28, of Bristol.

The cause of the vehicle leaving the roadway is still under investigation, said Sgt. Bill Beth, Sheriff’ Department spokesman.

Highway C was closed to traffic for over four hours, Beth said.

Note: The victim’s name according to her obituary is Jessica Ann Hartley. — DH

 

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Little warmer, chance of thunderstroms

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

The National Weather Service forecast calls for somewhat warmer weather today, with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Today’s high should reach 77. The storms are most likely to come after 2 p.m. and before 8 p.m.

After a cool 74 Wednesday, temperatures are expected to hang out just below 80 for the balance of the week.

A word from our sponsor: Local corn now available at Meyer Family Farms Vegetable Stand; special offer for westofthei.com readers

Some of Meyer Family Farms fresh picked sweet  corn.

Some of Meyer Family Farms fresh picked sweet corn.

Note: Meyer Family Farms Vegetable Stand is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Meyer Family Farms Vegetable Stand is excited to announce that they now have their own sweet corn available for sale. Be sure to stop out and get some.

Meyer is also running a special this week only for westofthei.com readers. You can get $5 off a $25 purchase when you mention West of the I.

While you are there, Meyer is also loaded with pickles and green beans. Get some free dill with pickle or bean purchase!

Meyer Family Farms Vegetable Stand is located on Highway 50 just east of Paddock Lake.

UPDATE: Driver dies in Salem crash

The driver of a car that left Highway C in Salem this evening died, a sheriff’s department spokesman said.

The following statement was released by KCSD Sgt. Bill Beth:

At 2022 hours this evening Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies responded with Salem Fire and Rescue to the scene of a fatal car crash in the 21700 block of CTH C. It was a single vehicle crash with a single occupant (the driver) being fatally injured. The preliminary investigation seems to indicate that the involved vehicle was Eastbound on CTH C when it left the roadway on the right shoulder. The driver over corrected to the left and the vehicle rolled over. The cause of the crash is still being investigated. The identity of the driver is still also being investigated. More information will likely be available tomorrow.”

Beth said deputies were still on the scene at about 10:03 p.m.

Here is our original reporting on the crash.

Bristol old town hall project takes step forward

An exterior view of the old Bristol Town Hall along Highway C in Bristol Woods County Park.

An exterior view of the old Bristol Town Hall along Highway C in Bristol Woods County Park.

The Bristol Village Board took a step forward in the drive to see the old town hall building brought back to use other than storage.

The board passed a resolution Monday recognizing that its predecessor — the town of Bristol — turned over ownership of the building to Kenosha County.

The resolution further stated that the village supports the county turning over ownership of the old town hall to a local charitable organization  to “restore, maintain and possible relocation.”

What charitable organization that might be was not disclosed.

The resolution passed unanimously with Trustee Ruth Atwood absent.

Trustee John McCabe said the building was turned over to the county parks department, perhaps in the late 1960s. The building, still in its original location along Highway C, is in Bristol Woods County Park and is used for storage for the parks department and the Pringle Nature Center, also located in the park.

McCabe has been championing the restoration and use of the 1870s era building for events and as an education tool. Village officials decided a while back that any such effort would be best accomplished by an entity other than the village, so property tax dollars were not spent on the project.

Units responding to crash in Salem

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:25 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 21700 block of Wilmot Road (Highway C) in Salem.

Per dispatch: Caller says car flipped over.

UPDATE 8:26 p.m. — Second ambulance requested to respond to the scene.

UPDATE 8:32 p.m. — Dispatch asks if Flight for Life medical transport helicopter will be able to land at scene or elsewhere.

UPDATE 8:33 p.m. — Additional Salem Fire/Rescue personnel toned out to set up a landing zone.

UPDATE 8:36 p.m. — Flight for Life being canceled by incident command at the scene.

UPDATE 10:03 p.m. — The driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, died in this crash. More here.

Daily Rose: Two days of combine crunching at the fair

Chances are sometime on TV or in person you’ve seen the spectacle of organized cars smashing together known as demolition derby.

But put the fair in an area where there’s still some agriculture going on, like Kenosha County, and unique events like combine demolition derby spring up.

Combine demolition derby takes the huge machines that farmers use to harvest corn, grains and soybeans and pits them against each other in the metal bending world of demolition derby. The results are one of a kind. Last combine in running order wins.

The Kenosha County Fair, which runs Aug. 13 to 17 this year, has two nights of combine demolition derby — Wednesday and Thursday evening (Aug. 13 and 14) as part of the truck and tractor pull program starting at 6:30 p.m. There’s no extra admission for the combine demo derby, which takes place in the grandstand area of the Wilmot Raceway right on the fairgrounds.

Units responding for a report of fire in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:25 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Town of Salem Fire/Rescue, Paris Fire and Rescue and Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue are responding to a report of a possible fire in the 15600 block of 75th Street in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Flames and smoke reported at this business by a passer by.

UPDATE 5:26 p.m. — Dispatch reports to Bristol chief that this address has taken out a village burn permit.

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. — Flames and smoke from a burn pile. All still responding mutual aid units standing down and returning to quarters.

Units responding for alarm in Silver Lake

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:20 p.m., Silver Lake Fire Department and Silver Lake Rescue units are responding to a carbon monoxide alarm int eh 400 block of North Riverside Drive in Silver Lake.

Per dispatch: Caller reports that the alarm has been sounding for a while and they are experiencing a headache.

Riverview School Honor Roll fourth quarter 2013-14

Note: This post sponsored by Peoples Bank. — DH

The following students were named to the Riverview School Honor Roll for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year:

Sixth Grade

4.0: Alexis Peterson, Sydney Wagner.

HIGH HONORS: Cheyenne Bell, Barbara Cooper, Brookelyn Corona, Brody Fitzgerald, Cade Girardi, Ella Holst, Dillon Kosar, Jesse Lewandowski, Genevieve Mojonnier, Tara Nopenz, Emma Owen, Emma Rose Rasmussen, Karenna Schick, Geneva Semke, Alivia Smith, Ian Torstenson.

HONORS: Roque Alviter, Joseph Banish, Victor Banish, Gavin Delargy, Linda Geronimi, Julia Hickey, Margaret Jarvey, Bailey Kammerzelt, Lacie Klie, Jake Maki, Maisy Morgan, Britnee Paglini, Joey Raymond, Aiden Rosengarden, Elizabeth Rovik, Tristan Schulz.

HONORABLE MENTION: Alexis Baillie, Shyanne Gyger, Abigail Moldenhauer, Morgan Stollenwerk, Connor Vonderohe.

Seventh Grade

4.0: Alyssa Baillie, Kevin Brenner, Liam Cowand, Ella Harper-Schiehl, Kevin Kessel, Haley Lamberson, Emily Wagner.

HIGH HONORS: Riley Alexander, Sophia Bormann, Preston Eide, Stormy Grumbeck, Sarah Hinrichs, Zachary Lamberson, Neve` Miller, Joshua Moldenhauer, America Morales, Mason Moravectz, Kylie Ott, Noelle Ridolfi, Ambriel Siggeman, Cassandra Wilber, Jaeden Zackery.

HONORS: Joshua Van Kampen, Amber Banish, Leah Dalton, Devin Spath, Kiya Thompson.

HONORABLE MENTION: Abigayle Barman, Victoria Bormann, Cole Chism, Mya Magrady, Ian Peterson, Anthony Whiteyes.

Eighth Grade

4.0: Ashlyn Brey, Andrew Colletti, Kyle Gendron, Quintin Girardi, Rachel Jenkins, Emma Kube, Cameron Wischnowski.

HIGH HONORS: Andrew Christensen, Ava Detlaff, Emily Heckel, Teagan Holland, Morgan Korus-Stone, Kyler Moudy, Benjamin Opelt, Brenna Simmons, Jack Stoppenbach, Zachary Strasser, Alex Willemarck.

HONORS: Zackary Christopherson, Lauren Fakes, Augustin Horak, Wyatt Owen.

HONORABLE MENTION: Adrianna Bergeron, Darin Bruski, Shawn Cummins, Ethan Dahlen, Matthew Jastrab, Emily Keil, Tyler Klen, Joshua Peterson.

Note: This post sponsored by Peoples Bank. — DH

Wilmot Jr. baseball hosting pig roast Aug. 9

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The Wilmot Jr. Panthers Baseball Program is putting on a Pig Roast Fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 9.

The roast will take place from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m..at Legion Field, 989 Legion Drive in Twin Lakes and will feature local food and live music. Admission is $10 for advance tickets or at the door.

Schedule of events includes:

  • 2 to 4 p.m. — Baggo tournament.
  • 2 to 7 p.m. — Bounce houses and kids activities.
  • 5-7 p.m. — Pigout.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. — Raffles and auctions.
  • 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. — Live music/DJ.

A door prize drawing for a flat screen TV will be held at 8  p.m. Must be present to win.

Local students among Carthage College Class of 2014

A total of 602 students participated in the Carthage College graduation ceremony Sunday, May 25, in the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center Field House.

Graduates with local ties included:

  • Brittney Helbig of Salem.
  • Hannah Keller of Bristol.
  • Andrew Myers of Salem.
  • Catherine Kutzleb of Twin Lakes.
  • James Schultz of Twin Lakes.
  • Meagen Elle of Trevor.
  • Christopher Perttula of Salem.
  • Bianca Bakanec of Salem.
  • Amanda Anderson of Salem.
  • Christina Sumwalt of Salem.

Established in 1847, Carthage is a college of the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Situated on the Lake Michigan shore, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, the College enrolls 2,500 undergraduate students.

Master Gardener classes to begin soon

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Photo by Michaela Kobyakov via stock.xchng

Would you or someone you know make a great Master Gardener Volunteer?

Orientation for 2014 Master Gardener Volunteer Program will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St., Bristol,or Tuesday, Aug.12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Western Racine Service Center, 209 North Main St., Burlington. Orientation is an opportunity to learn more about the University of Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program, the training course, and volunteer projects. Attendance at one of the orientation programs is required to apply for the Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

2014 Master Gardener Level 1 Training classes will meet on Tuesdays, 6 to 9 p.m. from Sept. 16 through Dec. 9. Classes alternate between two locations, the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St., Bristol, and Western Racine Service Center, 209 North Main St., Burlington. Course fee is $150, which includes textbooks and materials. For more information visit the Kenosha County UW-Extension website http://kenosha.uwex.edu or call 857-1945.

Master Gardener Volunteer training is only offered through University of Wisconsin Extension, and is a program dedicated to educating adults interested in helping their community through informative programs and projects. In Kenosha and Racine Counties, Master Gardener Volunteers answer gardening questions, present educational programs, design and maintain demonstration and therapeutic gardens, and help youth and adults learn about and appreciate the natural world.

Daily Rose: Fair has two days of rides wristband specials

Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

If you can’t get enough of the up and down and round and round of the midway rides at the Kenosha County Fair, then there are two days you will want to keep in mind.

There will be two midway wrist band promotion days at the fair, which will allow unlimited riding during the promotion hours for a special price:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 13 from  4 to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 14- 1 to 6 p.m.
In addition, on Friday, Aug. 15, Children’s Day at the fair, there will be reduced prices on most rides from 12 to 6 p.m.

The fair takes place this year from Aug. 13-17 at the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

Deaths July 27, 2014: Robert “Bob” Reinke

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 →

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