Warm week ahead; then really cold

The latest, local National Weather Service forecast calls for a string of high temperatures that you may not recognize as the week before Christmas in Wisconsin.

As pleasant as that might sound, the longer range forecast says we may be hit with some unseasonably cold weather after this warm spell.

First, the good news. High temperatures are forecast to be in the 40s on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week. Friday’s high may reach 48. What about Wednesday? It will be a little cooler at 34. Lows will be in the mid 20s to the mid 30s through this period.

The greatest chance of precipitation — rain at these temperatures — will be Thursday night and Friday at 50 percent.

After we are all getting used to springtime in December, temperatures are expected to plunge. No details yet, but the NWS put out this statement saying readings 10 degrees below normal are probable, starting about Christmas Eve.

Enjoy it while you can.

Deaths Dec. 17, 2017: Randall S. “Randy” Weiss

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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:

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2017 Randall Fire Department Santa breakfast coverage (PHOTOS)

Members of the Randall Fire Department hosted their annual Santa pancake breakfast at Randall Station No. 2 in Bassett on Sunday.

Santa was available for photos and to discuss Christmas wishes. You could get a close-up look at the fire department equipment. And, of course there as a great pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast.

The event is free, though donations were accepted and donations collected for a food drive.

Here are some more photos from the event:

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A word from our sponsors: Dec. 17, 2017 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. This is a paid announcement — DH

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

641 Pershing Blvd, Kenosha

4524 2 Mile Rd, Franksville

7940 Fredricksburg Ct 201, Bristol

2403 136th Ave, Kenosha

402 S 4th St, Silver Lake

745 4th Ct, Silver Lake

11314 Bristol Rd, Bristol

2017 Paddock Lake Annual Holiday Parade coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

The streets of Paddock Lake saw the village’s annual lighted holiday parade Saturday.

The parade started at McAlonan Park, worked its way north then east and then south again to Village Hall. Santa rode in the parade on a Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue engine. After arriving at Village Hall, Santa visited with youngsters inside. After talking about Christmas wishes, there were refreshments to enjoy.

Here is some video of the parade at the start when it was a little lighter:

Here is some video of the parade as it got close to Village Hall, when it was a little darker:

Here are some more photos from the parade and Santa visits:

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Unit responding for alarm in Salem Lakes

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At about 8:20 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding for a fire alarm in the 12500 block of 280th Avenue in Salem Lakes.

UPDATE 8:24 p.m. — Fire unit on the scene reports this is a false alarm.

Deaths Dec. 16, 2017: Robert Roy Yerkes

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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:

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Units responding to second crash in Salem Lakes

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At about 12:39 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highway C and V in Salem Lakes.

Per dispatch: This crash may involve as many as four vehicles.

UPDATE about 12:42 p.m. — Bristol Fire and Rescue dispatched to respond as mutual aid to the scene.

UPDATE 12:46 p.m. — Deputy on scene requests three tow trucks, one for a vehicle on its side.

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Units responding to crash in Salem Lakes

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At about 12:35 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highway 50 and Highway B in Salem Lakes.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved and one person inured.

Units responding to Wheatland Center School for medical call

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At about 12:20 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to Wheatland Center School for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient is a 13-year-old who fell while playing basketball.

Units responding for fire in Wheatland

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At about 3:34 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to a report of a possible fire in woods near the 6800 block of 349th Ave. in Wheatland.

UPDATE 3:36 p.m. — Wheatland FD command holds Twin Lakes Rescue in quarters.

UPDATE 3:38 p.m. — Per dispatch: Wheatland constable reports fire appears to be coming from a blue barrel at an entrance to the DNR natural area.

UPDATE 3:48 p.m. — Wheatland command reports fire out and all units returning to quarters.

Marleigh’s Ministry Blood Drive Dec. 20

The Marleigh’s Ministry Blood Drive, in collaboration with CrossWay Community Church, will take place from 2-7 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the church, 13905 75th St., Bristol.

Pay it forward this Season of Giving. In December, BloodCenter of Wisconsin will choose 2 donors each week and donate$250 to the charity of their choice.

Visit bcw.edu/marleigh of call 877-Be-A-Hero to make an appointment. Or contact Jill Gilmore at 262-960-9145 or marleighsministry@gmail.com for more information. Appointments econcouraged; walk-ins welcome.

Westosha Senior Community Center Holiday Party and Singalong fundraiser is Dec. 16

Note: Westosha Senior Community Center is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

The Westosha Senior Community Center Holiday Party and Singalong fundraising event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 2 p.m.

Seniors over 60 are invited to attend and sing along with this live musical performance of holiday favorites from the 1930s to 1980s by The Timeless Music Review. Tickets are $12 for seniors; children under 12 are free. Tickets are available in the center office. Santa will arrive at the event at 1 pm on a Bristol firetruck.

Healthy holiday appetizers and desserts were researched by Herzing University Nursing student interns and are being prepared together with local seniors at the center on Monday, Dec. 11.

The Westosha Senior Community Center is located at 1920 93rd St., Bristol.

Special needs Santa visits available by appointment for Dec. 16

Pillar Interventions in Salem is hosting Special Needs Santa Visits on Dec. 16.

This sensory friendly event offers families of children with autism and other special needs one-on-one time with Santa – no lines, no crowds.

Staff is fixing up the office to offer a calm, subdued Santa experience designed just for you.

This event is free but does require an appointment. Interested families should contact Pillar Interventions to schedule their visit: 262-812-6977 or sarah@pillarinterventions.com.

Christ Lutheran Church to host free Christmas concert Dec. 16

A free Christmas concert will be held on Dec. 16, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 24929 75th Street (Highway 50), Paddock Lake.

The concert will feature seasonal songs by The Riverport Sweet Adelines, the church’s own Alleluia Bell Choir and Christmas Carol sing-alongs.

Free refreshments will be served during intermission.

Deaths Dec. 12, 2017: Terry Jeanne Lemons, William R. Lehmann, Lewis Robert ‘’Bob” Jarnigo, John Leo Riordan Sr.

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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:

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A word from our sponsors: 5th Annual Paddock Lake Lighted Parade is Dec. 16

Note: The village of Paddock Lake is advertising this event with westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Paddock Lake’s 5th Annual Lighted Holiday Parade will take place Saturday, Dec. 16.

The parade route will start at McAlonan Park on 248th Avenue and head north to 61st Street, then east to 236th Avenue and south to Village Hall. Line-up for the parade is 3:30 p.m. and the parade starts at 4 p.m.

Santa will be the headliner in the parade and will be escorted to Village Hall to take photos with all the good little boys and girls after the parade and tree lighting. Refreshments will be served. The event ends at 7 p.m.

Missing pets: Yellow lab

Photo from dog owner

Brenda McDonald is looking for her yellow lab, missing from the Ridgeway Subdivision in Randall.

The dog has been missing since 5 a.m., Thursday.

Anyone with any information about this dog can contact McDonald at 815-276-6289.

UPDATE — Friend of the owner reports dog has been found.

Salem Grade School honor roll first quarter 2017-18

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The following students were named to the Salem Grade School first quarter 2017-18 honor roll:

High Honors

Eighth Grade — Chloe Alcalde, Hayley Anderson, Michael Ash, Isabella Avila, Connor Barribeau, Bradley Bell, Jessica Boyd, Cody Bykowski, Connor Carlson, Ashlynn Day, Alejandro delAguila, Carlee Diggs, Glen Dittmer, Kalai Dovas, Joel Engberg, Veda Gibbs, Kylee Grosch, Alexis Hora, Lilly Hudon, Sophia Hull, Tristin Jantz, Aryna Karnila, Zachary Kazumura, Keegan Kearby, Margaret Kimpler, Ethan Liberman, Brooke Lindom, Julia Luellen, Alexia McCracken, Emily Ramirez, Emma Roberts, Evan Rosenick, Trinay Rudd, Gurkash Toor, Colten Tramburg, Dakota Veium, Steven Verhaalen, Ava Viirre, Benjamin Wade, Autumn Wright, Cooper Wyatt.

Seventh Grade  — Brandon Beauford, Rebecca Bricco, Mackenzie Cain, Isabella Cook, Emma Gold, Brooke Hahn, Kamaldeep Kaur, Alyssa Klementzos, Max Lebo, Taylor Lopatka, Zoe McNeill, Chase Mosback, Maxwell Nulph, Nina Pelli, Jeffrey Ramirez, Evan Rasch, Trinity Rausch, Allie Rhoades, Darrah Rice, Tyler Shike, Alexander Sippy, Holly Skinner, Lucas Sternberg, Monica Teumer, Connor Wade, Antonio Wegel.

Sixth Grade –– Annika Anderson, Ella Anderson, Cameron Bell, Reese Beucher, Tyler Bowman, Hannah Boyd, Coren Bracey, Leo Chen, Victoria Collins, Christopher Csukas, Adam David, Grace Davy, Christos Dovas, Samantha Erber, Olivia Godin, Megan Greenhill, Alexander Hannah, Jaime Hensley, Ana Hull, Eli Liberman, Julia MacIntyre, Lila McNeill, Collin Meininger, Mason Mitacek, Braedon Moeller, Delainey Moeller, Jordan O’Neil, Baylie Orozco, Jaden Ouwerkerk, Chet Pelli, Taylor Pflueger, Ava Philips, Espen Pieroni, Taylor Racas, Hunter Rebicek, Adrienne Reeves, Matthew Sandrik, Carson Schultz, Gwendolyn Sheen, Samuel Sippy, Tynan Skinner, Kayla Sobczak, Elijah Sumwalt, Logan Tramburg, Connor Venard, Travis
Verhaalen, Brianna Wetter.

Honors

Eighth Grade — Allyson Adams, Kialis Anderson, Alexander Bierman, Carson Burbach, Kaitlynn Davis, Erin Esteb, Kyle Ferris, Jayden Fleming, Collin Fort, Isaac Grosskurth, Doreen Grubb, Alyssa Halko, Andrew Hernandez, Evie Hinze, Serenidy Hjelmeseth, Haile Kavalauskas, Kiley Kennedy, Angelina Kraemer, Lauren Landry, Jose Matias, Zoe Moran, Madison Orth, Makayla Ouwerkerk, Beckham Perez, Elliott Perez, Mateo Quiroz, Wyatt Rehberg, Jake Roberts, Tristen Rudd, Connor Schmidt, Carter Schuler, Sabrina Shoulders, Derek Sieberth, Sophia Spadafino, Riley Spencer, Drew Stueber, Lauren Tabar, Saeveyon Talbert, Tyler Tennis, Hailey Warren.

Seventh Grade — Linda-Zabeth Bolte, Levi Boulieu-Bruns, Cecelia Bradley, John Bremer, Dylan Bruni, Avianna Copeland, Richard Davy, Neive Graniel, Ethan Hanrahan, Abigail Jackley, Elyse Kucharski, Kendall McCracken, Holly Murphey, Greg Onan, Ashlee Pfeiffer, Thomas Rudd, Matthew Schulz, Amelia Tennis, Joseph Urban, Sabrina Vernezze, Ryan Wagner, Danielle Wilkinson.

Sixth Grade — James Anderson, Grier Avery, Jacob Bricco, Hailey Bridges, Jack Bridleman, Samuel Buchholtz, Victoria Cook, Hunter Crain, Mallory Drakes, Isabella Frederick, Christopher Garcia, Joshua Graillet, Madison Hampton, Makaylie Heckel, Peyton Hehn, Logan Kubisiak, William Larson, Madyson Loberger, Krisala Mack, Miya Maki, Tristan Martinez, Alex Morales, Giovanni Navarrete, Amanda Olson, Jena Olson, Natalie Patyk, Ashley Sanchez, Elliot Sarbacker, Savanna Saylor, Samantha Shoulders, Genevieve Sobczak, Kaylie Tess, Gurkarn Toor, Alexander Veinot, Jade Watry, Colten Whitmire.

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Highway 45 closure expected Dec. 14 & 15

Just when you may have got used to using Highway 45 again there’s another closure to deal with, although a much shorter one in area and duration than what we dealt with this summer.

Kenosha County announced the following closure for Highway 45 in Bristol for Dec. 14 and 15 via its website:

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to close a section of Highway 45 in the Village of Bristol on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 14 and 15, for sanitary sewer repair work. The closure will include the stretch between Highway 50 and 83rd Street. Traffic will be routed around the affected area via Highway 50 (75th Street), Highway D (184th Avenue) and Highway AH (83rd Street).

Units responding for crash in Paddock Lake

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At 7:21 a.m., sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash in the 24800 block of Highway 50 in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: Three vehicles involved, eastbound lanes blocked and no injuries being reported at this time.

Rep. Kerkman to hold office hours Dec. 15 in Bristol and Somers

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State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem Lakes) will be hosting two office hours sessions Friday, Dec. 15 at:

  • Bristol Municipal Building, 19801 83rd St., Bristol from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Somers Municipal Building, 7511 12th St., Kenosha from 10 to 11 a.m.

Constituents are invited to come with questions, and to share any state-related concerns they may have with Rep. Kerkman.

“I am excited, once again, to be able to host office hours in communities on both sides of Kenosha County so that any constituent that would like to be heard has that ability,” Kerkman said. “We have accomplished much to be proud of so far in the 2017-2018 legislative session, but we still have plenty to do in the coming months. I am interested to hear what concerns and what questions my constituents have as we head into 2018.”

Brighton School first quarter 2017-18 honor roll

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The following students were named to the Brighton School honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year:

Principals Honor Roll

Eighth Grade — Evan Beth, Benjamin Bruzas, Phineas Doyle-Bruce, Kelsey Duhig, Simone Felber, Jackson Garcia, Juliana Golla, Reece Haney, Kolton Krueger, Holly Ludwig, Rebecca  Springer, Samantha Taylor, Carlie Vorpagel.

Seventh Grade — Aleah Daniels, Austin Dawson, Vivian Dufek, Clare Fallon, Noelle Junig, Julia Krekling, Nathan Nelson, Olivia Rasch, Aidan Runyan, Seth Taylor, Cordelia Wallace.

Sixth Grade — Jackson Golla, Jakob Hiemstra, Kyleigh Kevek, Lindsey Laitinen, Ethan Pedersen, Chloe Rausch, Samantha Rausch, Reese Spafford, Paige Sullivan.

Fifth Grade — Samuel Davis, Kade Edwards, Aiden Ellerbrock, Shelby Fabbri, Aiden Figueroa, Maxwell Jensen, Alexandria Keller, Anthony  Lena Jr., Sophia Paulowske, Keira Peyron, Jacob Steger.

Honor Roll

Eighth Grade — Owen Andersen, Ella Birkholz, Ean Daniels, Ellie Daniels, Brielle Gagne, Trinity Koltanowski, Jacob Kreuscher, Alexis Obregon, Raven Schiavo.

Seventh Grade — Mikayla Amick, Brayden Coots, Cate Debell, Gabriell Eppers, Frederick Goetz, Katelyn Griffey, Delaney Koltanowski, Rabeka Liberto, Tristan Peyron, Jentry Shouse, Lucas Sullivan.

Sixth Grade — Chloe Andersen, Chloe Brown, Connor Brown, Waylon Brusky, Kendra Grashel, Owen Keller, Brielle Ryshkus, Andrew Wolf.

Fifth Grade — Ben Haapanen, Christian Harpe, Emmaline Pedersen, Noah Rittmer, Janay Rothbauer, Brooklyn Schultz, Tylor Spencer, Drew Willms.

A-B Honor Roll

Sixth Grade — Jace Christensen, Tyler Goforth, Kailee Krueger, Travis Larson, Andrew Lofgren.

Fifth Grade — Maya Hernandez, Thomas Kirchner, Lindsey Roberts.

This post was sponsored by American Family Insurance-Michael Barber

Westosha Senior Community Center Holiday Party and Singalong fundraiser is Dec. 16

Note: Westosha Senior Community Center is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

The Westosha Senior Community Center Holiday Party and Singalong fundraising event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 2 p.m.

Seniors over 60 are invited to attend and sing along with this live musical performance of holiday favorites from the 1930s to 1980s by The Timeless Music Review. Tickets are $12 for seniors; children under 12 are free. Tickets are available in the center office. Santa will arrive at the event at 1 pm on a Bristol firetruck.

Healthy holiday appetizers and desserts were researched by Herzing University Nursing student interns and are being prepared together with local seniors at the center on Monday, Dec. 11.

The Westosha Senior Community Center is located at 1920 93rd St., Bristol.

Units responding to fire in Brighton

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At about 10 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a fire in the 4600 block of 232nd Avenue (Highway EW) in Brighton.

Per dispatch: Fire reported in chimney and perhaps in one wall of house.

UPDATE 10:01 p.m. — Deputy arriving on scene reports that north side of house is fully engulfed in fire.

UPDATE 10:08 p.m. — Fire unit reports all occupants of the house are out and accounted for.

UPDATE 10:16 p.m. — Fire command reports that fire is mostly knocked down, but there is still fire in the attic.

UPDATE 10:20 p.m. — Box alarm activated. Additional departments due to respond include Town of Wheatland Fire Department, Twin Lakes Fire Department, Silver Lake Rescue Squad, Union Grove Fire Department, Kansasville Fire Department, Newport Fire Department and Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue.

UPDATE 10:29 p.m. — Fire command requests a county salt truck respond to the scene.

UPDATE 10:39 p.m. — Fire command reports to dispatch that fire is out. Overhaul underway. Some second floor operations continue. Utility crew responding to the scene.

 

Snow fall forecast for during the day Wednesday

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Snow is forecast to fall nearly all day Wednesday, the latest, local National Weather Service forecast says.

Snow is most likely to fall between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., though it could start as early as 3 a.m. and could last until 11 p.m. All told, total accumulation of 1 to 2.5 inches is forecast. Chance of snow is 70 percent.

Salem Lakes to pursue developing growth plan

Salem Lakes Village Board members expressed support for pursuing a strategic plan for growth at its regular monthly meeting Monday.

Board members speaking about the matter said they would want to see all hamlets and potential commercial corridors along Highway 50 and Highway 83 addressed.

“I think what we need to start the thought process,” said Trustee Bill Hopkins.

Village administrator Patrick Casey said he has had some preliminary talks with the village’s designated planner about such a study and he will now get further details and return to the board for direction. Potentially, the board might have to hire a different firm for the task.

“I think it’s a great idea that we move it forward,” said Trustee Dan Campion.

“We’ve talked about it enough,” said Trustee Mike Culat. “Time to get it done.”

Trustee Laura Francart, who is the Village Board member on the Park Commission, said some work for future park planning needs is already underway by the commission.

Deaths Dec. 12, 2017: Gregg R. Borowski

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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:

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Units responding to crash on Frontage Road

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At about 2:50 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at West Frontage Road and Highway 158.

UPDATE 2:51 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports scene is actually at East Frontage Road and Highway 158. Somers Fire and Rescue dispatched to respond. Three vehicles involved.

Units on scene of semi crash in Salem Lakes

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At about 11:40 a.m., sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a semi-tractor trailer crash along Highway 50 in Salem Lakes.

The semi was completely off the roadway from the eastbound lanes. It appeared to have hit a utility pole as well. Three heavy duty tow trucks were on the scene.

One lane of eastbound Highway 50 was closed to traffic and one open, but that may change if towing operations needs mroe room.

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