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 inf

Thunderstorms likely Wednesday

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

Thunderstorms are likely in Western Kenosha County on Wednesday, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast.

The NWS hourly weather graph shows a chance of rain starting at about 2 a.m. By 5 a.m., the chance of rain increases to 70 percent, fading to 50 percent from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

A 40 percent chance of rain will linger into Thursday morning.

There’s no rain in the forecast for Friday, but a 20-40 percent chance of rain returns for Saturday through Tuesday.

A word from our sponsors: Twin Lakes Chamber’s Business in the Park Business Expo, Annual Car Show and Craft fair is Aug. 27

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The Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association’s Business in the Park Business Expo, 2nd Annual Car Show and Craft fair will take place Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Twin Lakes.

The street will be lined with antique and classic cars and trucks for a car show from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The street will be closed from 7:30 a.m. for Business in the Park and will remain closed until midnight for the Block Party.

There will be business booths and a craft & vendor show in Central Park. Central Park, by the Caboose, will be the location of the Children’s Area with arts and crafts and a Penny Carnival. Lots of games, face painting, temporary tattoos and activities for the little ones. Twin Lakes Fire Department will be there with a Fire Truck for close up inspection and the EMT’s will be there as well. Twin Lakes Police Department will have a booth with information and to meet and greet the public.

Food will be available and the chamber will have its Spinning Wheel & Raffles again. Businesses that cannot be here to participate can have their business featured on the Spinning Wheel. The public gets one spin to win a prize donated by those businesses.

Enjoy a free, fun filled end of summer day with the family car owners and crafters contact the chamber for applications: 262-877-2220 or email info@twinlakeschamber.com.

Bristol increases rates for emergency medical services

bristol-fd-flag-logo-webFor the first time since 2010 the Bristol Village Board increased what it will charge patients for delivering emergency medical services.

The new rates were presented at Monday’s Village Board meeting by village administrator Randy Kerkman and Bristol Fire & Rescue Chief John Niederer. The Village Board approved the change unanimously.

Kerkman said the rates have not been changed since 2010, even though the department made a substantial upgrade in service provided when it became a paramedic department in 2012.

Kerkman praised Niederer’s work on comparing Bristol’s charges to other departments.

“I think he did a really great job of reviewing both internally within the county and externally within the state,” Kerkman said.

The comparison showed Bristol’s charges were among the lowest in the state.

“We’re significantly lower cost than others in Wisconsin,” said village President Mike Farrell.

Niederer estimates that the increase in fees, which range from $150-$250 per services, will generate about $54,000 in increased fees charged and about $26,000 in increased revenue to the village, based on how many times the various services are charged in a typical year.

The disparity between the amount of additional fees charged and the actual increase in revenue to the village is because about 30 percent of the department’s calls are billed to Medicaid or Medicare, which reimburses at a lower rate, Kerkman said.

“The federal government is the worst payer of all,” Kerkman said referring to Medicare and Medicaid. “They pay the least.”

The new fee schedule, like the old, has different levels for residents and non residents, with non residents charged more.

Kerkman said the intention is to review the fees every year at budget time to make sure they are still in order. Trustee Ruth Atwood moved to make that review part of the resolution approving the new fees.

The charges will go into effect Oct. 1.

Here is a table comparing the current charges of several Wisconsin departments and a table projecting the revenue increase with the new rates.

Units responding for fire in Paris

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:13 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a car fire in the 21400 block of Highway NN in Paris.

UPDATE 7:19 p.m. — Paris Chief Roland Iwen shared some more information about this incident at the Town Board meeting Tuesday night. He said the vehicle involved was a combine. The person driving the combine could not give a location intil he walked away from the scene some to find an address sign. Though Paris Fire and Rescue was able to have its equipment out of the station in 10 minutes, the combine was fully involved by the time units arrived, Iwen said.

Deaths Aug. 22, 2016: Henry H. “Skip” Fischer, Patricia A. Kaphengst, Josephine Rynearson

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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Deal of the Day: Hill Country Market $25 gift card half off

HCMl-west-of-the-i-web-ad-(1)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!

Today’s offering is from Hill Country Market, 7510 288th Ave, Suite #1, Salem. Hill Country Market features local, organic, and gluten-free grocery products, produce, fine cheese, sausage, wine and beer, gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, deli items, fresh meat, baked goods and more. They believe that fresh, local, and natural ingredients are best. You can even expect to see produce straight from their garden during the growing season. Make sure you visit the tea and coffee bar at Hill Country Market and the deli offering quality meat and cheeses from Boar’s Head. Hungry? Check out Hill Country Market’s unique, made-to-order sandwiches and panini’s as well as salads, soups of the day, fresh baked goods, and more.

Today’s offer is for a $25 Hill Country Market 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!





Aquanut Water Show Team takes fourth at Nationals

5Hi Human Pyramid. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

5Hi Human Pyramid. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

The Aquanut Water Show Team, of Twin Lakes, won fourth place at the 42nd Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski Nationals, Sunday, Aug. 14 in Janesville.

The award ceremony followed three days of competition involving 14 teams from around the nation, on the Rock River, in Janesville, crowned a new National Champion Show Ski team. The top four teams were within 155 points of each other. The Aquanuts scored 1802 points. First place was Wonder Lake, second; Mad City Ski team, and the Rock Aqua Jays of Janesville narrowly edged out the Aquanuts.

The 2016 Aquanuts performed “Ski or Sink”, a family oriented show containing various ski acts and comedy and skits. The show poked fun at the television game shows and their quest for better ratings, with announcers Andy Amore and Mark Gurda.

The Aquanuts performed a 5 High Human Pyramid, an Aquanut first, and was presented the “Teamwork” award. The pyramid was topped by 9-year old, Greta Rzonca of Twin Lakes, supported by Joy Heeter of Burlington, also 9 years old, and Brynn Cahill of Lisle, IL, 13 years old. The pyramid consisted of 11 men and 9 other woman Aquanut team members.

The Aquanuts won the best barefoot act with “Barefoot Tornados” performed by Kailey Koehler of Lake Geneva), the 2016 National Barefoot champion, who skied 4 complete circles around the show course.

The Aquanut Ladies’ Ballet narrowly missed retaining their National championship performance for the sixth consecutive year.

Aquanut swivel star, Kaila Coffey of Medinah, IL, competed and placed 4th in the nation at the individual swivel completion, held on Friday. Aquanut swivel star and 2014 National Swivel champion and Willa Cook award winner, Kendall Krieger of Lake Bluff, IL also anchored the ladies’ swivel act along with Coffey.

Other incredible highlights were individual performances by trick skiers and wake boarders, Ethan Shulda of Twin Lakes, Jarrett Breber of Elkhorn, Aaron Nelson of Burlington and Brandon Kirchens of Wheeling. Aquanut Barefooter Ariana Koehler of Lake Geneva, ranked #2 Nationally, also performed in barefooting.

The Aquanuts have shows Wednesdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day in Lance Park, 55 Lance Drive, Twin Lakes.

29 Lady Ballet Line. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

29 Lady Ballet Line. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

Kaila Coffey- 4th Place National Swivel individual competition. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

Kaila Coffey- 4th Place National Swivel individual competition. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

Kailey Koehler National Champion Barefooter, winner of the highest scoring barefoot act. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

Kailey Koehler National Champion Barefooter, winner of the highest scoring barefoot act. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

Members of the Aquanut 5Hi Human Pyramid accept the teamwork award. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

Members of the Aquanut 5Hi Human Pyramid accept the teamwork award. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

Aquanuts Show Directors accept 4th place award. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

Aquanuts Show Directors accept 4th place award. /Photo by Lisa Neal Photography

A word from our sponsors: Wisconsin Emissions Testing available at Wilmot Auto Service

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Wisconsin Emissions Tests can now be done at Wilmot Auto Service.

The test is free to you. Call 862-6300 for an appointment. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Wilmot Auto Service, Inc is an independent auto repair shop and has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals.

Dwayne & Cindy Garwood are the owners and Dwayne is an ASE Master technician and has been in the automotive repair business for over 25 years, 16 of these years have been in Wilmot. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 65 years in business. He employs ASE certified and ASE master technicians. Dwayne’s commitment to you has always been to offer the highest quality, honest and friendly auto service.

Wilmot Auto Service offers a variety of services like alignments, brakes, tires, timing belts, check engine lights and state inspections. They can be reached at 262-862-6300. They are located at 11307 Fox River Rd. Wilmot, WI 53192 with the BP gas station in downtown Wilmot. www.wilmotautoservice.com

2016 Kenosha County Fair Small Animal Auction coverage (PHOTOS)

2016 small animal sale 6-optThe 2016 Kenosha County Fair small animal auction took place Sunday afternoon at the fair.

The auction is where exhibitors in poultry and rabbits get the chance to have their hard work with their project animals pay off.

Here are some more photos from the auction:

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Salem man wins grand champion of both wine and cheese judging

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Brian Hettrick’s grand champion wine.

Everyone knows that wine and cheese go together.

You might not think that wine making and cheese making go together as well, but apparently they do, at least for one open class exhibitor at the 2016 Kenosha County Fair.

Brian Hettrick of Salem was awarded grand champion for wine for his dry, white grape wine entry. Hettrick also won grand champion for his hard cheese, cow milk entry.

Cheese, beer and wine making are new open class categories for the fair, with this being only their second year, said Superintendent Jill Anderson.

Hettrick, a physician whose office is in Paddock Lake, lobbied Anderson for years to add cheese making, she said.

I guess now we know why.

Participation in the fair competition by beer, wine and cheese makers has been somewhat low, Anderson said. She encourages more beer, wine and cheese makers to try their skills against others at next year’s fair.

Two injured in crash in Bristol

Two people were injured with one transported by helicopter to a hospital as the result of a crash in Bristol Sunday.

From a media release from Bristol Fire & Rescue:

At 1807 hours (6:07 p.m.) on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 the Bristol Fire & Rescue Department and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to State Highway 50 and State Highway 45 in Bristol for the report of a Motor Vehicle crash with one person trapped. Bristol Fire & Rescue crews requested Flight For Life be placed on standby while en route to the scene due to the indicated mechanism of injury. Upon arrival on scene, one victim was found trapped in the vehicle with signs of significant injuries. The other patient reported minor injuries and was still in the vehicle. Town of Salem Fire/Rescue was requested to the scene with an ALS ambulance to transport one patient. The critical patient was assessed and treated by Bristol Fire & Rescue crews before being transferred to Flight For Life and flown to Froedtert Hospital, a Level I trauma center in Wauwatosa. The other patient was transported to St. Catherine’s Medical Center in Pleasant Prairie by the Salem Fire/Rescue.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is expected to release more information on this incident when it is available.

2016 Kenosha County Fair pie auction coverage

2016 fair pie 4-optThe annual pie auction at the Kenosha County Fair took place Saturday night at the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

Proceeds from the event benefit the building fund.

The items bid on are donated by local residents, 4-H clubs and other businesses and organizations. Many consist of themed baskets of baked goods and related items.

The bidding is a lot of fun. For example, here is 2016 Fairest of the Fair Madison Fenske trying her hand at being an auctioneer:

Here are some more photos from the event:

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2016 Kenosha County Junior Fair rabbit show results

rabbitsThe 2016 Kenosha County Junior Fair rabbit show was held Friday at the Fairgrounds in Wilmot.

Here are the results of judging:

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2016 Kenosha County Junior Fair poultry show

poultry-results-chickenThe 2016  Kenosha County Junior Fair poultry show was held Thursday at the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

Here are the results:

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2016 Kenosha County Fair Hay Bale Throwing Contest coverage (VIDEO)

The annual hay bale throwing contest at the Kenosha County Fair took place Friday evening at the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

Contestants  in various age and gender divisions compete to see who can throw, toss or heave a bale the farthest.

The contest is run by the Slades Corners Lucky Clovers 4-H Club.

Here is some video of parts of the contest:

Deal of the Day: Glazed Bakery $10 gift card half off

glazed-ad-1Have 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 Glazed Bakery on 24123 75th Street, Paddock Lake. Glazed specializes in cakes for all occasions. There’s a coffee bar and delicious pastries, bread, cookies, donuts and breads on sale every day. Indoor and outdoor seating. Hours are 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The offered gift certificate is for $10 towards baked goods which we are selling for $5.75 (includes 75 cent processing). 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!





A word from our sponsors: Aug. 21, 2016 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):

2614 200th Ave, Union Grove

19530 101st St, Bristol

12320 250th Ave, Trevor

25901 52nd St, Salem

10816 269th Ave, Trevor

Daily Firecracker: Sunday’s schedule for the 2016 Kenosha County Fair

co-fair-promo-pig-standing-2016-005Here is the schedule for Sunday at the 2016 Kenosha County Fair :

  • Hours 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Midway Open Noon – 7 p.m. Wristband Special Noon – 7 p.m. $25.
  • 8 a.m. Junior Fair Horse Show – Horse Show Ring.
  • Noon The Amazing Farm Boys – Creekside Stage.
  • 1 p.m. Derby Icons Demolition Derby – Grandstands.
  • 1:30 p.m. Fireman Water fights – south of the Pond.
  • 2 p.m. Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department – K-9 Demonstration – Family Entertainment Area.
  • 3:30 p.m. Class of ’62 – Creekside Stage.
  • 4 p.m. Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department – K-9 Demonstration – Family Entertainment Area.
  • 7 p.m. 2016 Fair Closes.

2016 Kenosha County Junior Livestock Sale coverage (PHOTOS)

2016 fair livestock auction 13-optThe 2016 Kenosha County Junior Livestock Sale took place at the fairgrounds in Wilmot on Saturday afternoon.

The sale is the culmination of many months of hard work for exhibitors who have been working with their animals so they looked their best for their show and then this event. Individuals and businesses bid on the animals.

Here are some more photos from the sale:

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2016 Kenosha County Junior Fair Beef Show results

beef crop with results_optThe 2016 Kenosha County Beef Show took place at the fairgrounds in Wilmot on Friday.

Here are results of the judging from Junior Fair and Open Class:

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2016 Kenosha County Fair Dairy Show results

dairy show results crop cowThe 2016 Kenosha County Fair Dairy Show took place at the fairgrounds in Wilmot on Friday.

Here are results of the judging from Junior Fair and Open Class.

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Sheriff’s Department bomb squad demo at 2016 Kenosha County Fair

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has been conducting daily demonsttrations at the Kenosha County Fair relating to the work they do.

Friday’s demonstration was the bomb squad.

Sgt. Mike Weyker lead the demos. He explained that there are less than 10 bomb squads in Wisconsin, with Kenosha County’s being one of them

Among the department’s equipment is a robot that can make remote contact with someone or explore a situation using cameras, microphones, speakers and probes. It also can be used to destroy a suspicious package, which was what was demonstrated Friday.

Here’s some video:

Units responding for crash along Brighton-Salem border

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:04 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways K and B along the Brighton-Salem border.

Crash involves a car and a truck. A vehicle may be rolled over.

2016 Kenosha County Junior Fair swine show results

swine show results photoHere are the results of the 2016 Kenosha County Junior Fair swine show, held Wednesday at the fairgrounds in Wilmot:

  • Grand champion market hog — Taylor Matrisch.
  • Reserve champion market hog — Sydney Rau.
  • Champion duroc — Paige Armbruster.
  • Champion Chester white — Rebecca Scheen.
  • Champion Poland China — Nicole Jackson.
  • Champion spot — Lizzy Petges.
  • Champion Hampshire — Wyatt DeBell.
  • Champion Yorkshire — Sydney Rau.
  • Champion all other breeds — Autumn Elfering.
  • Champion crossbred — Taylor Matrisch.
  • Grand champion showman — Sydney Rau.
  • Senior Showman — Sydney Rau.
  • Beginner Showman — Montanna Hipper.

2016 Kenosha County Fair Education Building Best of the Best

2016 education bldg best of the best_optHere is the list of the 2016 Kenosha County Fair Education Building Best of the Best.

You can see all of these students’ work and much more firsthand at the Education Building at the Kenosha County Fair through Sunday.

  • Pre-K — Champion:  Austin Cooper (Salem); Reserve Champion: Ella Erdman (All Saints).
  • Kindergarten — Champion: Emily Keller (Salem); Reserve Champion: Randy Vendegna (Trevor-Wilmot).
  • 1st Grade — Champion: Malaina Felber (Brighton); Reserve Champion: Sienna Melby (Paris).
  • 2nd Grade — Champion: Tayla May Wiberg-Lloyd (Bristol); Reserve Champion: Lily Garland (Salem).
  • 3rd Grade — Champion: Sofia Bronson (Wheatland); Reserve Champion: Aubrie Smith (Randall).
  • 4th Grade — Champion: Ayden Burns (Bristol); Reserve Champion: Katie Polick (Bristol).
  • 5th Grade — Champion: Cahse Meyers (Randall); Reserve Champion: Rylie Maslon (Trevor-Wilmot).
  • 6th Grade — Champion: Julia Dykiel (Trevor-Wilmot); Reserve Champion: Hailey Hand (Randall).
  • 7th Grade — Champion: Mitzi Herrell (Trevor-Wilmot); Reserve Champion: Alicia White (Randall).
  • 8th Grade — Champion: Hanna Kline (Salem); Reserve Champion: Maddie Persino (Bristol).
  • Overall Champion — Mitzi Herrell (Trevor-Wilmot – 7th Grade).
  • Overall reserve champion — Tayla May Wiberg-Lloyd (Bristol – 2nd Grade).

Daily Firecracker: Saturday’s schedule for the 2016 Kenosha County Fair

co-fair-promo-chicken-standing-2016Here is the schedule for Saturday at the 2016 Kenosha County Fair :

  • Hours 8 a.m.- Midnight.
  • Midway Open Noon – 11 p.m.; Wristband Specials: Noon – 5 p.m. $20 or  Noon – 11 p.m. $25.
  • 8 a.m. Junior Fair English Horse & Pony Show – Horse Show Ring.
  • 9 a.m. Garden Tractor Pull – Parking Lot.
  • Noon Kids that Rock! – Creekside Stage.
  • 1 p.m. Large Animal Livestock Auction – Show and Sale Arena.
  • 1 p.m. Open Class Beer and Wine Judging – Open Class Building.
  • 1:30 p.m. Fireman Water Fights – south of Pond.
  • 4 p.m. Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department – Taser Demonstration – Family Demonstration Area.
  • 6 p.m. Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department – Taser Demonstration – Family Demonstration Area.
  • 6 p.m. Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series Racing/Roger Iles Tribute – Grandstands ($5.00 admission fee ages 12 and older).
  • 7 p.m. Pie Auction! NEW TIME! Public Welcome – Show and Sale Arena.
  • 8 p.m. Bella Cain – Creekside Stage

Central HS football breaks winless streak in decisive fashion

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Central Falcons football on Friday got their first win since a cold rainy night on 9-12-14.

Central defeated Milwaukee Washington 58-0 in Paddock Lake.

At the end of the game, the players went over to the student section and they sang the fight song.

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2016 Kenosha County Fair fireworks (VIDEO)

The theme for the 2016 Kenosha County Fair is “Star-Spangled Summer.”

Tying in with the theme there was a fireworks display at dusk on Wednesday. As if on cue

Here’s video of parts of the display, which were visible from all over the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

2016 Kenosha County Junior Fair rabbit show (PHOTOS)

2016 fair rabbits 3-optThe 2016 Kenosha County Junior Fair rabbit show took place at the fairgrounds in Wilmot Friday morning.

Here are some more photos from the show:
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