Deaths Dec. 19, 2014: Gregory R. “Greg” Kubas, Marlin “Marley” H. Gauger

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Units responding for crash in Wheatland

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Photo by kconnors via

At 4:57 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department units are responding to a report of crash in the 7500 block of Highway W in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: Crash scene is on west side of the road; one person may be injured.

Salem 7th and 8th graders review appropriate internet behavior

/Submitted photo

/Submitted photo

Deputy Ray Rowe spent time with Salem School 7th and 8th grade students reviewing and discussing safe and appropriate internet behavior, particularly with cell phone usage.  He stressed that the internet can be educational, fun, and exciting, but it can also be dangerous because many people are not who they pretend to be.  He also stressed the importance of contacting a trusted adult if and when needed.

Country Club Hills neighbors spend Friday evening caroling

/Photo by Kim Trongeau Youra, used with permission

/Photo by Kim Trongeau Youra, used with permission

The Country Club Hills neighborhood of Twin Lakes was again full of sounds of the season Friday, Dec. 12 as a group of friends from the neighborhood got out and sang Christmas carols door-to-door.

This was the third year for neighborhood caroling. Thirty one children participated this year. Everyone gathered at one house at 6 p.m. and loaded the kids onto decorated trailers.

Some of the houses were expecting the singers and had platters of cookies waiting. One house was having a party and invited the carolers in to sing for their guests.

When caroling was over the group had a holiday party of their own, complete with food and drinks that were brought to share and hot chocolate that the kids enjoyed after all of their singing. Continue reading →

Rally for jobs for new casino

Hundreds gathered at the old Dairyland Greyhound Park on Wednesday to rally in support of jobs and the casino, that is waiting for approval from Gov. Scott Walker. The event was hosted by State Representative Samantha Kerkman.

Jeff Hook, Senior Vice President, Hard Rock International

Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman

Kenosha County Board Chairman Ed Kubicki

State Representative Thomas Weatherston, 62nd Assembly District

John Camosy, Camosy Construction

Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President, Gateway Technical College

Gary Besaw, Chairman, Menominee Kenosha Gaming Authority

The message was jobs and growth. There was slight reference to the opposition of the Potowatomi, who have a casino in Milwaukee.

Rally leaders would like people to show their support for the project by writing letters to local publications and calling the Governor. The 800 million-dollar project is awaiting a decision from Gov. Walker, who’s 6 month extension on his time to decide ends February 19, 2015.

A word from our sponsors: Silvertown Mall hosting one-of-kind estate sale including Christmas items

silvertown-estate-sale-1Note: Silvertown Mall is a sponsor. — DH

Silvertown Mall in Silver Lake is now offering for sale items from an estate sale like no other you have seen.

Many of the items filling every niche of the Silvertown Mall, 301 E. Lake St., Silver Lake, have a Christmas theme. Items include many with hand-crafted details. For example, there are Santas that have been outfitted with hand made cloths of extraordinary detail and fit, right down the waist chain that includes a work clock.

“You’re going to see a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces,” said Joe Lewandowski, Silvertown Mall’s owner.

These unique Christmas items come from the estate of a prolific crafter from Kenosha who recently passed away. There is truly something for everybody in the collection and prices have been set low.

While many of the items currently filling the Silvertown Mall are related to Christmas, there also are other items available, including  wood toys, brass, all types and colors of glass, pottery, household items and even art crafted from found driftwood.

The holiday items are on a limited time display so don’t delay. Check out this collection right away.

Click the continue reading link to see many more photos.

Continue reading →

Salem School Board seeking applicants for board vacancy

salem-sign-webThe Salem School District is seeking applicants for people interested in serving on the Board of Education.

The vacancy on the board was created by the resignation of Kim McLeod. McLeod resigned via a letter from her husband citing health reasons, said district administrator David Milz.

Here is the district’s request for applicants:

Residents of the Salem School District interested in serving on the Salem School Board of Education from now until April 26, 2015 in an appointed capacity should submit:

  • Contact Information including address.
  • Letter of Interest including reasons for wanting to serve.
  • Brief Resume, include past or current public service, education, and other information you believe is relative to this public service opportunity.

Send information to: Salem School District, 8828 Antioch Road, PO Box 160, Salem, Wisconsin 53168 ATTN: Board Vacancy

This information can also be sent electronically to District Administrator, Dr. David R. Milz at the following email address:

Deadline: January 9, 2015.”

Units responding for report of burning in Trevor

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At about 5:30 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of burning in the 12500 block of 257th Avenue in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Passerby reported a large fire in a backyard near trees.

Silver Lake adjusts their meetings

The Silver Lake board voted to change their first meeting of the month to a meeting of the whole. Board member Pat Dunn thought it should remain the same. Under the new arrangement, the meeting on the first Wednesday of the month will be the committee of the whole meeting, with no votes taken just discussion of issues. Al action will be taken at the regular board meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. Board President Sue Gerber thought the schedule would be productive for bringing forth and discussing issues. It also should save the village some money as trustees are paid less for attending committee meetings than regular meetings. One of the items for the next agenda of a committee of the whole, is appointing Allie Draeger interim fire chief.

They discussed possible changes to employee health insurance coverage.

Police Chief Andrew Trudeau talked about the condition of the squad cars and the amount of repairs that were required. He presented a detailed request to purchase a new squad. It was approved 5-1 (Willkomm) to purchase the squad and the money to prepare it for operation, for $40,754, the initial payment coming from surplus money in the police budget.

The matter about the fiberglass fireboat was tabled. It was thought the board might donate it to Rawhide, but it not determined if Rawhide would definitely take it. The boat leaks, the keel is cracked, and it needs repair. The electronics work, but they are old, and the motor is good.
Ten members of Boy Scout Troop 329 attended to watch their government in action.

Looking at fire protection impact fees OK with Salem Town Board

fire-hose-mf-kconnors-webStudying whether to implement a fire protection impact fee on new development in the town received the endorsement of several Salem Town Board members.

The matter was discussed at a committee of the whole meeting on Monday.

Town administrator Patrick Casey raised the issue as something that could help the town keep up with the need to upgrade the fire department in the future especially if development picks up again. The time to study a fee and come to a decision would be before that time comes, he said.

Although he needs to research the matter further, Casey said the fee in theory would be similar to park impact fees already in place. Exactly what such fees could be used for is one of the questions that needs to be answered.

The town had an earlier study of the matter done by the town planner but it was not acted on. At that time, fees were to be about $4-6,000 per parcel. There was some sentiment Monday that that might be too high.

Board members seemed to be largely in favor of looking at implementing such a fee.

“It makes sense,” said Supervisor Dennis Faber. “The reason it came up then was we were growing at such a rate.”

Casey said to proceed town staff would need to determine what the fees could be used for and look at models of how similar fees work elsewhere.


Twin Lakes Fire Department looking to keep wreath green


/Earlene Frederick photo

You may have noticed a large lighted wreath hanging on the Twin Lakes Fire Department and Rescue Squad station in downtown Twin Lakes.

There is more meaning to that wreath than a seasonal decoration.

Fire Chief Stan Clause Jr. explained that the department will be participating in the Keep the Wreath Green fire safety awareness program this season. For December, the department will display the wreath with all green bulbs unless there is a structure fire anywhere in Kenosha County. For each structure fire, one green bulb will be replaced by a red one.

Clause said he was inspired by the Black River Falls Fire Department’s display of a similar wreath to bring it back home to Twin Lakes.

As of Monday, the wreath was still all green.

A word from our sponsors: Start the New Year with a new job at Northlake Engineering in Bristol

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

If you are looking at starting off the New Year with a new job, Northlake Engineering, Inc. may be for you.

Northlake Engineering is a small, family-owned company located in Bristol, WI, specializing in design and production of custom magnetics, power supplies and assemblies. Northlake employs just over 60 people so the  company is large enough to provide opportunities for advancement and small enough that you are not lost in the crowd.  Northlake has an excellent schedule working  Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Northlake workers complete 40 hours in a compressed schedule.  Overtime may be available.  Northlake has a state of the art facility and many tasks are done seated at a work bench rather than standing at an assembly line. Northlake offers a competitive wage and benefits package. More information about Northlake Engineering is available here.

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


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

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

Apply online by clicking here.

Apply in person to: Northlake Engineering, 8320 193rd Avenue, Bristol, WI 53104. Northlake will be closed on 12/24, 12/25, 12/26 and 1/1 and 1/2 for the holidays.

Apply via fax: 262-857-6819

Apply via email to:


Salem incorporation committee looking to finish its work by April

town-of-salem-sign-webThe chairman of a Salem citizen committee studying incorporation is aiming to have its work completed in time to report to electors at the annual meeting in April.

Along those lines, an initial report on how the town government operates today should be ready by the end of the month, said Michael Ullstrup, the committee’s chairman, at Monday’s Salem Town Board committee of the whole meeting..

“The first step is understanding what we do today,” Ullstrup said.

The committee was formed after an initiative at last April’s annual meeting. The group was charged with examining all aspects of the town incorporating as a village.

One topic that received some extended discussion was whether the town would be allowed by the state to incorporate as a whole or have to incorporate some core area and then annex the remaining town via referendum, which is what happened in 2009-10 in neighboring Bristol.

“I can almost guarantee that the state won’t let Salem incorporate as a whole,” said Supervisor Dennis Faber. “I am of the belief that that won’t happen … if we can do the entire town, that would be great. I’m just not aware of where the state has allowed that.”

But Ullstrup was more optimistic that a case could be made to allow the whole town to incorporate at once.

“It’s a matter of positioning,” Ullstrup said. “That’s how we are approaching it, as if the whole town incorporates.”

As a village, Salem would have to provide around the clock police protection, would handle its own zoning decisions, could annex neighboring unincorporated property and could set its boundaries from being annexed by other municipalities.

Deaths Dec. 12, 2014: James F. Busse

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 sponsors: Now’s the time to order holiday ham & turkey from Hill Country Market

turkey-for-ordering-post-hill-country-marketNote: Hill Country Market is a sponsor. — DH

There’s still time — but not a lot — to order a Christmas turkey or ham from Hill Country Market in Salem.

Orders are being taken until Dec. 19 by calling 262-537-4867.

Choose from:

Turkey — Locally raised on Amish Farms. Free range. No antibiotics. No filler. Available in 8-12 pound, 12-16 pound, 16-20 pound or 20-24 pound. $2.39/pound.

Ham (Boneless) — Locally raised. Free range. Hormone free. $4.69/pound.

Ham (Bone-in) — Locally raised. Free range. Hormone free. $3.99/pound.

Community Baptist Church sermon series continues Sunday

community-baptist-christmas-ser-log-2014-revisedPastor Cliff Hathcock of Community Baptist Church of Silver Lake continues a timely series of Christmas sermons themed “Fear Not!”this weekend.

“Have you ever felt that God’s requirements are too extreme? Have you felt that, if God had understood your particular circumstance, He would not have included that one verse in Scripture? The next sermon in our ‘Fear Not!’ series reminds us through the angel’s words to Joseph that our God knows exactly what He asks of us—and He is worthy of our obedient trust.

All are invited for a message of hope and challenge this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Baptist Church of Silver Lake. The church is located at 203 N. Fourth St. For more information contact CBC at or call 262-889-4013.

Paddock Lake 2014 Lighted Holiday Parade is Saturday

From the 2013 parade. / file photo

From the 2013 parade. / file photo

Paddock Lake’s second annual Lighted Holiday Parade will take place  Saturday, Dec. 20.

The 2014 theme is Frozen.

The parade starts at 4 p.m., with lineup at 3:30 p.m. The parade will start at McAlonan Park on 248th Avenue and head north to 61st Street, then east to 236th Avenue and then north to Village Hall. Participants in the parade will include: West of the I, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Westosha Kiwanis Club, Central High School Choir, Fulmer Dentistry, State Farm Insurance, John’s Disposal, Salem Fire/Rescue, Boy Scouts, The Paddocks, Falcon Trailblazers Snowmobile Club and Santa Claus.

Pictures with Santa and a tree lighting will take place at Village Hall after the parade. There also will be a bonfire in the park just north of Village Hall.

Sponsors of the event include: Marv and Allison’s Sentry, Subway of Paddock Lake, Davison Law Office and Painless Tattoo.

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

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

This week’s ad for Marv & Alison’s Sentry  in Paddock Lake is now available at 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, Dec. 18  through Thursday, Dec. 25.

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

This week’s ad also includes a seafood 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 crash in Wheatland

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At about 10:16 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue and Town of Wheatland Fire Department units are responding to a delayed report of a crash in the 7400 block of Highway JI in Wheatland.

Twin Lakes makes it official: Village not going to pay toward Silver Lake library building

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The Twin Lakes Village Board made it official Monday night — the village is not going to contribute financially to the purchase of a building for a Silver Lake branch of the Community Library.

The board on Monday unanimously approved sending a letter with that sentiment to Silver Lake. Trustee Sharon Bower was absent.

A draft of a letter to Silver Lake was prepared before the meeting by village administrator Jennifer Frederick. The letter says, in part:

“… the Village Board has decided to not contribute any additional funds towards the Silver Lake branch, nor will they attend any meeting to discuss the matter.”

The whole letter is here.

The Twin Lakes Village Board had previously discussed the matter at a committee of the whole meeting.

The Silver Lake Village Board voted in November of 2013 to purchase a vacant former daycare building at 209 N. Second Street in Silver Lake. Library officials representing Silver Lake have said the assumption was the other member communities would help fund the purchase. The Community Library, a joint entity between five municipalities, cannot own real estate. Municipalities were holding off on any further discussion of the matter until a referendum to dissolve the Silver Lake government was held in November. That referendum failed and last month Silver Lake’s village attorney sent out a letter to each community’s attorney asking for new consideration of the funding proposals.

Paddock Lake is expected to also formally reject contributing to the library building at its regular Village Board meeting Wednesday. Salem electors voted to contribute $50,000 toward the library building, but Town Board members have not recently discussed whether to act on that. The Randall Town Board has not made a decision on the latest request for funds.

Wheatland Center School st Quarter Honor Roll 2014-15

Note: This post sponsored by Sugar-N-Spice. — DH

The following students were named to the Wheatland Center School honor roll for the fiorst quarter of the 2014-15 school year.

Highest Honors

8th Grade — Alana N. Bell, Abilene Heichelbech, Riley A. Noonan, Morgan A. Ptak, Adam R. Simmons, Ashley J. Toomey, William W. Vineyard, Dylan Anderson, Austin J. Glidden, Elizabeth K. Weidner.

7th Grade — Gabrielle S. Gasser, Alexander Gerlach, Samuel B. Hanson, Logan P. Pye, Rafal W. Volbrecht, Mackenzie Wesoloski, Nyssa E. Zuehls, Zachary B. Hanson.

6th Grade — Anna P. Carroll, Benjamin Carroll, Abby J. Horton, Hannah G. Jares, Victoria M. Platz, Jalyn R. Warren, Katherine C. Weidner, Sydney N. Laitamaki, Jadyn L. Pye, Jack J. Vozel.

5th Grade — Joseph M. Bingen, Alyssa M. Cox, Jessica A. Dorobek, Kacper A. Volbrecht, Rebecca M. Rainey, Caleb D. Beckley, Isabelle L. Brenton, Candice J. Briscoe, Carly L. Lois, Marie N. Nickolette, Kali L. Vassos, Ole H. Hanson, Grace P. Curran, Peyton O. Williamson.

High Honors

8th Grade — Molly E. Grabarec, Tanner D. Peterson, Lauren A. Shane, Jenna R. Kerkman, Daniel Boyd, Robert Bullard, Kayla Burian, Jared J. Gehrke, Kelsey K. Seidl, Curtis R. Vineyard, Bryce D. Drier, Alexandra M. Tellez, Brody R. Durkin, Leah M. Pisani, Julie L. Roznik, Hanna L. Keisler, Amanda M. Caldwell, Anna R. Platz, Makenzie D. Russell, Keegan E. Heiligenthal, Evan B. Henry, Thomas L. Olson, Henry Bubel.

7th Grade — Angelina C. Burzawa, Caleb E. Drury, Gabrielle L. Gaynor, Alyssa S. Muzzy, Tasia K. Vassos, Aubree A. Guajardo, Siara M. Volbrecht, Scott D. Werner, Gavin A. Goldstein, Makayla L. Pratt, Jada S. Nelsen, Nicole R. Lootans, Baylie P. Norton, Andrew M. Vinson, Liam J. Mcaloon, Jackson M. Wachal, Grace E. Anderson, Ryan Debell, Kylie M. High, Andrew M. Walsh, Anthony B. Buccieri, Jr., Shelby Spencer-Horton.

6th Grade — Alaina E. Vinson, Joseph B. Butterfield, Ethan J. Keung, Erin Gasser, Bryce A. Sekey, Gunner W. Benser, Levi P. Flodin, Sean P. Noonan, Brianna N. Garrett, Aaron P. Denko, Abigail M. Henry, Alexis R. Puidokas, Ava R. Wolcott, Shane T. Petersen, Alena A. Ekornaas, Emily A. Roznik, Peter K. Visocnik, Isaac Freitag, Matthew A. Lodarek, Wyatt Shackleford, Bradley W. McManus.

5th Grade — Ayden J. Rieboldt, Nicholas P. Gerlach, Alex Samborski, James W. Vineyard, Mitchell D. Vineyard, Marissa R. Dowell, Mackenzie L. Joosten, Cameron D. Humphrey, Lilyanna S. Cordova, Cort N. Shane, Jr., Kendal N. Vinson, Zacharie R. Davis, Edwin P. Brieman, Ryan M. Denko, Caraline R. Phillips, Emma M. Close, Madison W. Crow, Hunter J. Kavanaugh, Travis J. Harpster, Konnor A. Sturgeon, Devon K. Burian, Matthew J. Sekey, Keegan Kinzle, Jayea D. Mills.


8th Grade — Larz M. Gough, Chase W. Warren, April L. Hedberg, Jianna M. Puchalski, Kyle J. Lois, Kayla L. Lawrence, Gage R. Mickelson, Jessie L. Black, Joseph D. Baer, Jake R. Mueller, Grace O. Hetlet, Brettney L. Black, Niko T. Rosario, Samantha L. Siler, Caelan J. Martin.

7th Grade — Keith L. Dowell, Michael A. Hodnik, Qwade J. Gehring, Nora I. Heichelbech, Madalyn Fritz, Emerald L. Zimmerman, Lyndsey Gulbrandson, Brianna C. Lewis, Michael C. Fitzgerald.

6th Grade — Gracie M. Delaney, Jedediah A. Defilippo, Kaitlyn J. Tompos, Jeffrey L. Schlotterer, Joseph E. Devall, Donavan S. Brousil, Evan J. Seidl, Francisco Quinones, Geraldine J. Micke, Dylan T. Kublik, Benjamin Durkin.

5th Grade — Aydin R. Anderson, Vivian G. Pisani, Brent T. Mason, Jr., Ethan J. Ivan, Amber R. Hoffmann, Yazmyne B. Garcia, Ariel J. Lefler, Jack T. Fritz, Jacob M. Lois, Zackary J. Olson, Chandler P. McKenna, Craig D. Schroeder, Shelby R. Brown, Ethan J. McNutt, Anthony M. Dimeo, Austin J. Butterfield.

Note: This post sponsored by Sugar-N-Spice. — DH

Units responding for vehicle fire in Paris

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At about 3:50 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a vehicle fire in Paris.

Per dispatch: Vehicle is a Dodge Durango in the eastbound lanes of Highway 142 near Highway MB-south.

UPDATE 3:55 p.m. — Deputy on the scene reports fire is out and requests a tow truck.

Units responding for spill on Highway 50

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At about 3:39 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to the 15000 block of Highway 50 in Bristol for a fuel spill.

Per dispatch: Spill is due to a punctured fuel tank. Deputy on scene. vehicle is in westbound lanes.

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

wilmot-auto-exterior-2011-webNote: Wilmot Auto Service is a sponsor. — DH

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, 15 of these years have been in Wilmot. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 63 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.

Units responding to Central High School for medical call

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At about 10 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to Central High School in Paddock Lake for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient is a student who fainted.

Twin Lakes Professional Police Association Shop with a Hero 2014 coverage

tl-shop-with-hero-2014-4The 10th annual Shop with a Hero, organized by the Twin Lakes Professional Police Association (TLPPA), was held at the Walmart in Lake Geneva on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Counting this year, 286 children have been taken shopping since the Twin Lakes program started in 2004. This year 24 children were selected by Lakewood and Randall schools staff for good performance and other standards set by the schools. Each child was matched up with a Twin Lakes Police Officer, Emergency Dispatcher, EMT, or Firefighter and they were given $150 in spending money.

All the money was raised through donations from local businesses with a major donation from the Genoa City Lions Club in which many of the children bought presents for family and friends.

Volunteers from Randall School, Lakewood School and family members of the heroes wrapped the gifts purchased by the children.

After everyone was exhausted from shopping, Driftwood Restaurant in Twin Lakes hosted a free pizza party for all the children, their families and the Heroes.

This year student photographers Ashley Smith and Charlie Mohring from Wilmot High School assisted with taking photos during the event. Continue reading →

Date set for 2104 Silver Lake holiday decorating contest

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It’s that time of year again! Time to haul out those Christmas Decorations, climb that ladder, and dazzle the neighborhood with lights and decorations.

For the 18th year, prizes will be awarded to homes in Silver Lake that best illustrate the holiday.

Whether it is the religious or the fantasy side of Christmas, each home will be judged on its merits, originality, and presentation. All homeowners are eligible to compete, with the exception of the winners of the last three years. No pre-registration is necessary. Every street will be covered by the judges.

On Monday, Dec. 22, a trio of judges will tour the village, trying to find the “best of the best”! Viewing will begin at 7 p.m., so be sure to have your homes up to perfection with all of your lights and action figurines operating. Judges will not be residents of Silver Lake and will not have access to homeowners’ names so as to insure impartiality of decisions. Judging will be done strictly by streets address and quality of presentation.

Prizes awarded this season are: a $50.00 gift card. Second prize – a $40.00 gift certificate to  Taste of Italy and third prize is a $30.00 gift certificate for the Silver Lake Grill. All winners will be published in the press and will be contacted for congratulations and arrangements for delivery of respective gifts.

The tradition first started in 1996. A large number of houses now decorate and Silver Lake is a delight to visit to see the decorations. Let the tradition continue!

I-94 lanes to be closed this week at Highway C for maintenance

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has issued the following notice about road work in Kenosha County:

On the evening of Monday ,December 15th, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will begin maintenance work on I-94 at the County C Interchange, in Kenosha County. Crews will be doing interstate pavement repairs, in advance of expected winter weather conditions. Two lanes on both I-94 East and West will be closed at County C, from Monday 9:30 p.m. until Thursday 9:30 p.m. Two lanes of traffic will remain open at all times. WisDOT is not anticipating major delays to occur as a result of this lane restriction. For the latest information about travel times, visit

West of the I businesses wish you a happy holiday — part 2

It’s that time of year again for West of the I video holiday greetings from Western Kenosha County businesses.

Featured in the video below are: Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning, Fulmer Dentistry, Subway of Paddock Lake and Twin Lakes and Pet Services..

Click here for more video greetings from local businesses on our 2014 holiday video page. Check out all of them for a big does of holiday cheer!

Randall School Honor Roll for first trimester 2014-15

Note: This post sponsored by Complete Water Systems. — DH

The following students have been named to the Randall School honor roll for the first trimester of the 2014-15 school year:

7th Grade

Straight A’s: McKinley Boyle, Shane Vacala.

High Honors: Quinn Adamek, Alfred Hodges, Faith Hoogewind, Mitchell Kocken, Andrew Kovnat, Caleb Massarelli, Erin Meinken, Willow Mielke, Abby Morgan, Jordan Roszko, Jason Rullman, Dawson Schumacher, Ryan Stalker, Blake Zager.

Honorable Mention: Dominic Arceo, Frank Bain, Barbara Bonogofsky, Kenna Britton, Delaney Brown, William Brown, Tatiana Cordova, Braeden Cowart, Michelle Edmonds, Matthew Folos, Rachel Fraley, Teja Gallatin, Mason Griffin, James Josko, Brianna Jung, Bryce Kerkman, Kenzi Ketterhagen, Katlin Kovacek, Elijah Lee, Connor Luoma, Morgan McDonough, Teresse Nunez, Travis Patrick, Eric Piispanen, Cameron Schrader, Abigail Suiter, Thomas Trocke, Anthony Vogt, Sara Walther, Zackary Watson, Keenan Wiley.

8th Grade

Straight A’s: Jacob Brockway, Carson Doty.

High Honors: Austin Adam, Tyler Adam, Lauren Christensen, Gretta Cieslak, Skyler Cordova, Paloma Deiters, Brennan Diedrich, Grady Duffy, Alexandra Grobarchik, Emily Hershelman, Madison Johnson, Meranda Kuwik, Trinity Lee, Elizabeth Lucik, Grace Norberg, Daniel Porter, Alexander Wank, Makayla Wedge-Damon, Megan Wise, Mason Worklan,

Honorable Mention: Ashley Albrecht, Jordan Ball, Diana Barker, Dominick Bellina, Ava Bishop, Jessica Bouma, Hannah Brendel, MacKenzie DaMask, Kyle Diedrich, Molly Eisenhauer, Logan Frost, Emily Gesky, Mikayla Gulbransen, Rayanne Jones, Kieran Kehoe, Jaret Ketterhagen, Paige LaBar, Joseph Loose, Alessandra Lupo, Stephanie Mays, Seneca Peterson, Tanis Rossow, Austin Schwarz, Brandon Spencer, Katelyn Strother.

Note: This post sponsored by Complete Water Systems. — DH

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