Daily firecracker: Hay bale toss contest is Friday evening at fair

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

The hay bale throwing contest at the Kenosha County Fair will take place at 6:30 p.m., Friday of the fair. Pre-registration starts at 6 p.m. There is a $1 entry fee

The premise is simple. Take a bale of hay and see how far you can toss it. Techniques vary.

Classes are divided by gender and age. Cash and prizes are awarded for the top finishers. Medallions are sponsored by Farm Bureau. Usually at least some members of the fair court also give the contest a heave.

Medallions for this contest are sponsored by Farm Bureau and Linneman’s Show Lambs

The Kenosha County Fair runs this year from Aug. 17 to 21.

Units responding for investigation in Wilmot

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:55 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding for an investigation in the 11100 block of 308th Avenue in Wilmot.

Per dispatch: A caller has reported smoke coming from some woods.

UPDATE 5:58 p.m. — Deputy on scene says smoke may have been the result of a lightning strike from earlier.

Deaths July 28, 2016: Edward J. Kulpa, Wesley C. Redlin

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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 for burning in Camp Lake

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:52 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of burning in the 9900 block of 272nd Avenue in Camp Lake.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

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

The warning is in effect until 3:45 p.m.

The NWS is advising people at the Racine County Fair to seek shelter.

Quarter sized hail and torrential rain occuring with this storm.

UPDATE 3:52 p.m. — NWS has allowed warning to expire. Light rain now in Salem.

Silver Lake Beats community festival is Aug. 13

The Silver Lake Beats community festival will take place Aug. 13.

Activities will take place from 2 p.m. to midnight at Schmalfeldt Park in Silver Lake.

Here is a rundown of the entertainment:

  • 2 p.m. — DJ 733rd .
  • 5 p.m. — Karaoke by DJ Magic.
  • 8 p.m. — Burro Creek.
  • Dusk – Fireworks over Silver Lake.

From 2 p.m. to close, Kaye Brothers Carnival will have bounce houses, a giant slide, rock climbing wall, few other rides, pay for games and food stands. Tickets are $1 each with 3-5 tickets per ride. They are also offering a wristband for $20 from 2-5.

Boy Scouts will be selling meat sticks, candy and bottled water from 2 to 7 p.m. Concessions also will be available from Bulldogs Football from 2 p.m. to close. There also will be games by the Community Baptist Church separate from carnival and Barrel Train Rides also separate from the carnival.

The beer tent will be open 2 to 11:59 p.m. Tickets will be $1 with alcoholic beverages for 4 tickets and bottled water for 2 tickets.

The morning of Aug. 13, the Western Kenosha County Recreation is hosting a Color Run and brunch. People can register for those events on the WKCR website, http://www.wkcrec.com/.

Silver Lake Beats was organized by the village’s park committee.

Swimming closure lifted for Paddock-Hooker Lake Association beach


The above map shows the location of the Paddock-Hooker Lake Association beach.

A swimming closure for the Paddock-Hooker Lake Association beach on Paddock Lake has been lifted after a retest showed lower levels of E.coli.

A sample taken by Kenosha County Wednesday tested at 84 E.coli/100 mL.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when test results indicate a E.coli level of 300/100ml or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100ml. Wheatland (Lilly Lake) has a policy of posting an advisory for a level of E.coli 235/100 mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100ml.

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July 27, 2016 lake test results: Paddock-Hooker Lake Association beach closed to swimming; all other tested beaches open

Bristol Farmer’s Markets on Fridays

A customer makes a selection of some asparagus as vendor Mike Toboyek (right) looks on. Toboyek of Riverwood Produce Farm had asparagus, rhubarb, honey and other products available at his stand.

The Bristol Farmer’s Market will be held on Fridays through Sept. 2.

The market takes place 2-6 p.m. at 21010 75th Street, Bristol.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Call 857-2368 for more information.

 

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.

Salem and Silver Lake approve merger agreement

The Salem Town Board and the Silver Lake Village Board on Wednesday both adopted a cooperative plan that will ultimately result in the two municipalities becoming a single village.

Both boards’ votes — made at separate, simultaneous  meetings — were unanimous. No public comment was on the agenda of either meeting.

But the outcome of the Salem vote was in question right up to the end. Supervisor Dennis Faber, during discussion of the resolution, said he had not decided at that point how he would vote. He was bothered by the name of the new municipality — Salem Lakes. Given the heritage of the name Salem, in existence since 1842, before Wisconsin was even a state, Faber said he wanted that name to continue and he was unsatisfied with the amount of discussion about the matter.

“I just think with 147 years, it merited a discussion between the two boards,” Faber said. “I’m not sure how I’m going to vote because that bothers me.”

Faber added he was not adverse to the new name in the sense that it is indicative of a major feature of the combined municipality — nine named lakes. In the end, he voted for the resolution, his voice low with emotion during some of his comments and the vote.

The name also came up as a minor sticking point at the Silver Lake meeting too.

“It’a not a name for the town that I would really particularly choose, but I can live with it,” said Trustee Pat Dunn.

Trustee Eric Ericksen said he would have preferred a completely new name.

Village President Bruce Nopenz said disagreement on the name actually imperiled the agreement being finalized, but he was glad it was worked out in the end.

“The benefit to the community at large outweighed the name,” Nopenz said. “I think in time this will be recognized as one of the best achievements for these two communities.”

The next step in the process will be Aug. 26, which will be the deadline for an advisory referendum, both of which would have to be initiated by a petition drive.

On Sept. 6, the agreement will be submitted to the state Department of Administration, which has 90 days to approve it, said Salem administrator Patrick Casey.

Note: Karen Hillock contributed to this report. — DH

Units responding for burning in Twin Lakes

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:14 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units and Twin Lakes Police offices are responding to a report of a burning in the 900 block of Bayview in Twin Lakes.

Units responding for crash in Twin Lakes

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:18 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units and Twin Lakes Police officers are responding for a crash at Holy Hill Road and Burlington Avenue in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved. At least one injury being reported.

Paris supervisor proposes debate with recall candidates

Paris town Supervisor Ron Kammerzelt, at Tuesday’s regular monthly Town Board meeting, proposed having a debate with one or even all of the candidates who are seeking to recall the board.

“I would personally like to talk with one of you or all of you at any time,” Kammerzelt said during citizens comments, stepping out from the table where board members sit. “I think some information needs to get out there.” He added that he has talked to Paris School District administrator Roger Gahart about using the school for the event.

Two of the recall organizers – and presumptive candidates if the recall election is certified — were in the audience, Joseph Kolnik and Paul Terry. When asked after the meeting about participating in a debate, both said they wanted to think about it.

Town Chairman Virgil Gentz and Supervisor Ken Monson, when asked after the meeting about their participation in Kammerzelt’s debate, said they would participate as long as they were available on the selected date.

Petitions asking for a recall were filed by Kolnik, Terry and Robert Fliess on July 6. The incumbents each filed a challenge to the recall on July 15. Kammezelt said his proposal for a debate is only if the election moves forward.

The recall organizers were mobilized by the board’s handling and approval of an intergovernmental agreement with Somers, which includes the mass transfer of 2,500 acres from Paris to Somers.

Town officials say the agreement will help the town secure its boarders while sharing in revenue from development along I-94.

Opponents object to what they see as a forced relocation that will diminish the value of their property.

Daily firecracker: Powerful pedaling at pedal tractor pulls

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

Youngsters will be pushing the pedals for all they are worth on Thursday and Friday at the Kenosha County Fair as part of the annual Pedal Tractor Pulls. The competition is open to youngsters from 5 to 12 years old.

In pedal tractor pull, the kids pedal a special pedal-powered tractor pulling a sled that is a mini version of the type used in engine powered pulling competitions. The farther the competitor pedals, the heavier and harder to pull the sled becomes. The person that pulls the farthest with the most weight wins.

The competition is divided up into classes by age. Prizes are awarded for the top finishers. Competitors can register between 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday of fair week at the 4-H exhibit buildings. The pull takes place nearby starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday and 11:30 a.m. Friday.

There also will be a special pedal pull for 13 to 16 year olds on Friday only at 11 a.m.

This year’s fair runs from Aug. 17-21.

Vehicle fire in Brighton

/Larry Zamba photo, used with permission

/Larry Zamba photo, used with permission

A truck and a zero turn mower sitting on a trailer caught fire this afternoon near Highway 75 and 31st Street in Brighton.

Photographer Larry Zamba captured the above photo of the scene.

A word from our sponsors: Team Glory Midwest’s Future looks bright!

team-glory-wfs-18u-and-16u-picNote: Team Glory Midwest of a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

As the second year of Team Glory Midwest’s season is winding down, the organization couldn’t be happier about how their 3rd season is looking. The vision of Team Glory is different than your “typical” travel softball team. Their team mantra is “Purpose. Driven. Softball”.  The founder- and President, Suzy Willemssen, is one of the most respected people in all of fastpitch softball. She has cultivated relationships with colleges around the nation as well as having working relationships with some of the titans of the game like- Sue Enquist. Our sister teams in Virginia (Virginia Glory) compete in, and have won, some of the most prestigious tournaments in the nation. In four short years, the Virginia Premier teams has become a nationally ranked powerhouse.  They are providing the template, recipe and proof, that Purpose.Driven.Softball can not only succeed, but dominate.

Jose Vazquez, Team Glory Midwest Director, latched onto this philosophy immediately. He has been in the softball community in Kenosha County and surrounding areas for the last 12years. He has seen firsthand, how the softball community has turned over the years.  It went from kids playing softball for growth and teamwork, to almost a cut throat community, which has no loyalty to hard work, and will over use a player- eventually either burning them out or injuring them- just for a win.

Based on the border of Wisconsin / IL , Team Glory Midwest competes in (PFG,ASA)  tournaments as well as select showcases. “ We compete to qualify for the nation’s most heavily recruited national tournaments.” 18U Co Head Coach Frank Dodson reports,  “The Glory program is for dedicated and committed student-athletes who have a great passion and respect for the game, who intend to play at the collegiate level, and who are fiercely competitive. More importantly, we seek players and families who truly embrace our team-first “Glory Us” philosophy — who believe in being part of something bigger than themselves and want to participate in creating a powerful environment where players make each other better by giving each other their best.” Dodson works with all the teams (10u-18u) as their hitting guide, keeping consistency throughout the program.

Purpose. Driven. Softball. The Team Glory philosophy is not just a mantra- it is lived each day by the coaches, players and the parents. They are involved in a lot of volunteer work in our community.  The “Purpose” is creating confident women, who know what it means to support each other, and give back to the community. “Driven”-, they are teaching the girls you can do anything if you work hard- it’s not just talent that’s rewarded. They had a girl that came to tryouts and had been passed up by 3 other organizations.  She was soaked in sweat after the tryout, and still had a smile on her face.  She is now the starting shortstop, and has one of the top batting averages. “Softball”- fundamentals are key.  The coaches work together constantly, sharing their ideas and plans with each other- they learn from each other to acquire the skills to form these girls into amazing, solid players. The Virginia chapter is also on board with this, and they frequently are in on coaches conference calls to bounce ideas that are working for them.

Glory also supports players being involved in other activities.  Yes, time has to be put into softball- but a well-rounded athlete has other interests as well.  They have girls who are active in competitive skating, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball etc. Not to mention the academic side of this organization.  Glory offers ACT preparation seminars to it’s players. They are extremely proud that their student athlete average ACT score for the first two years is an outstanding 27, and the average GPA is 3.7. They recognize the importance of academics in the college selection process. Glory offers recruitment tools to help the athletes/parents find the right fit academically, financially, socially and athletically.

The coaching staff has been handpicked by Vazquez.  He interviewed a lot of coaches to make sure they were on board with The Glory ideals. The 16 and 18u coaching staffs have well over 50 years combined in playing/coaching the game of fastpitch softball.  Glory has brought in mental toughness coaches like Tori Nyburg. Glory offers seminars from some of the most well respected, subject matter, experts in their field, such as Gerry Glasco- among others. Glory has catching coaches, and has adopted “Tincher Pitching” as it’s primary pitching style. “We want to support these girls.” Vazquez said. “They are coming to us beaten down, and over worked. We want to show them that we value them, and that we can re-start that fire in them that brought them to softball in the first place.”

Now finishing up their second season- they have teams playing in national tournaments, and girls getting D1, D2 college offers. “This is more than I could have asked for”, Vazquez admits. “I had high hopes obviously- but these girls exceed my expectations every day with their growth both on and off the field.” Vazquez says personally “It’s taken my daughter 18 years to feel safe, supported and valued on a team, and she’s played on some competitive teams.”  It makes you really look at what “competitive team” means. “Top” should not equal “wins at any cost”. Winning is producing a top athlete who becomes a strong, confident player in life.

For tryout information for Team Glory Midwest, go to their website: teamgloryfastpitch. org

July 27, 2016 lake test results: Paddock-Hooker Lake Association beach closed to swimming; all other tested beaches open


The above map shows the location of the Paddock-Hooker Lake Association beach.

The Paddock-Hooker Lake Association beach on Paddock Lake will be closed to swimming after an E.coli test this week at that location showed 2,419 E.coli/100 mL.

Signs announcing the closure will be placed at the beach this morning, said Tim Popanda, Paddock Lake village administrator.

The water at the PHLA beach will be resampled Wednesday.

Other weekly test results for some Western Kenosha County lakes showed E.coli levels below beach warning or closure levels.

Results reported Tuesday, July 19 by Randall were:

  • Randall – Powers Lake 3 E.coli/100 mL

Results reported Wednesday, July 20 by the Kenosha County Health Department were:

  • Salem — Silver Lake County Park, 18 E.coli/100 mL.
  • Paddock Lake — Old Settlers Park, 7 E.coli/100 mL; North Shore Beach Association, 3 E.coli/100 mL; Hoag Beach, 3 E.coli/100 mL.
  • Wheatland — Lilly Lake, 20 E.coli/100 mL.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when the test results indicate a E.coli level of 300/100ml or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100ml. Wheatland (Lilly Lake) has a policy of posting an advisory for a level of E.coli 235/100 mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100ml.

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.

Sheriff says band’s no police request at Country Thunder may have been a misunderstanding

The request of country act Florida-Georgia Line to have no law enforcement back stage during their concert at the Country Thunder festival Friday in Randall may have been a misunderstanding, Sheriff David Beth told reporters Tuesday.

“Maybe it was just a huge misunderstanding,” Beth said. “I want to believe that.”

However, as the same situation appears to have happened the next night in Iowa as well, Beth said at the least the band has to figure out who is delivering the no police message and correct the message if they really are not trying to ban law enforcement from their back stage area during concerts.

Beth said he became aware of the request from the band for no law enforcement in the backstage area while they played their show on Friday afternoon. Beth said he and his captain at the festival agreed they would not honor the request but deputies would go about their usual duties, including in the backstage area when necessary.

“We thought it was an interesting request,” Beth said. “We had never had that request before … ”

Beth said deputies still performed their normal duties.

“We didn’t go out of our way to put people back there, but our deputies still walked around and did stuff,” Beth said. “There were no issues.”

After the show, it’s customary for the sheriff’s department — which staffs the festival with about 100 deputies — to escort acts off the grounds to the road. The sheriff’s department did not escort Florida-Georgia Line off grounds, but not because of an intended slight. Instead the request was not relayed to the department by the festival, Beth said.

Beth made his comments at a casual question and answer session Tuesday afternoon.  While reporters were gathering, Beth talked on the phone with Brian Kelley, one of the members of the group.

Beth said Kelley expressed support for law enforcement and claimed the group had no problem with the presence of law enforcement back stage.

The situation with Florida-Georgia Line at Country Thunder and then with a similar situation at a concert in Iowa the next night has drawn a lot of negative reaction on social media, perhaps due to current tension between supporters of police and those who feel some police officers are overstepping their authority too often.

Beth said his department may do a little more looking into the situation to figure out who said what to whom, but he is satisfied for now with Kelley’s comments.

“It makes me feel good that they reached out,” Beth said. “But I think it’s something they need to deal with.”

Here is video of most of the two question and answer sessions Beth held this afternoon in Brighton:

Deaths July 26, 2016: Charles E. Klotz Jr.

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A word from our sponsors: KAFASI celebrating 47 years with Summer of ’69 fundraiser Aug. 11

KAFASI-fudnraiser-7-2016-long-boxNote: KAFASI is advertising this event with westofthei.com. This is a paid announcment. — DH

Join Kenosha Area Family & Aging Services, Inc. (KAFASI) for an evening of food, music, cash bar and a lot of fun with a 60’s twist. KAFASI will be hosting their 2nd Annual Summer of ’69 fundraiser on Aug. 11, to celebrate 47 years of providing much needed services to the Kenosha Community.

Maybe you have heard of Daybreak, Meals On Wheels, Family Support, Teen Parent Support or Volunteer Transportation? These are just a few of the many programs KAFASI offers. Come and support a much needed organization in our community. Here are the details:

Where: Cortese’s Supper Club, 1300 Sheridan Road, Kenosha

Time: 5:30-8:30pm

Cost: Advanced tickets are $20 and at the door are $25. Tickets can be purchased at the KAFASI office: 7730 Sheridan Road, or by calling, 262-658- 0237 or online at KAFASI’s website: http://www.kafasi.org

We hope to see you there!

Daily firecracker: Demo derby for crunching, crashing fun

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

The sound of the fenders of two cars crunching can be sickening — unless you’re at the Kenosha County Fair’s demolition derby

There will be plenty of intentional crunching at the Wilmot Raceway on the fairgrounds on Sunday with Demo Derby taking place starting at 1 and 4 p.m.

In demolition derby, competitors try to disable each other’s vehicles by running into them. The last driver with a car that can still get around is the winner.

The demo derbies always draw a good crowd to the grandstand. Seeing all the destructive action of the derbies is included in the gate admission.

Check out this link if you are interested in entering the derby.

This year’s Kenosha County Fair runs from Aug. 17 to 21.

Units responding to barn fire in Randall

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4 p.m., Randall Fire Department and Town of Wheatland Fire Department units are responding to a barn fire in the 11000 block of 336th Avenue in Randall.

4:08 p.m. – Randall Fire is requesting MABAS Box Alarm. Salem, Spring Grove, Paris fire department units are responding.

4:12 p.m. – Traffic being blocked at 110th Street and Wilmot Ave.

4:51 p.m. – All units are remaining on scene.

Units responding for crash in Salem

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2:50 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the 22400 block of 83rd Street in Salem for a crash.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle crash with one person reporting an injury.

Leadership Kenosha accepting applications for 2016-17

Leadership Kenosha is currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 program.  Leadership Kenosha is a Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce program in partnership with Kenosha County UW-Extension.

Leadership Kenosha helps citizens to develop their leadership skills, explore community issues, network with local leaders, and conduct a hands-on community project.  The program addresses economic, social, educational, and governmental concerns, and provides a unique view of how Kenosha County works.

The program designed to provide leadership training and community experiences for individuals from all sectors of the community – government, health care, education, business and non-profit.

Leadership Kenosha’s mission is to develop a diverse group of emerging and existing community leaders by enhancing their community knowledge, civic network, and leadership skills to ensure the continuing vitality of our community.

For more information or to request an application, please contact Kenosha County UW-Extension at 262-857-1931 or the Leadership Kenosha website: www.leadershipkenosha.com

A word from our sponsors: Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association 26th Annual Golf Outing is Aug. 17

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Photo by ppdigital via morgueFile.com

Note: Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

The Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association 26th Annual Golf Outing will be Wed. Aug. 17.

Registration is at 11 a.m, with a noon shotgun start.

Get your foursome together. Applications available at the chamber or call 262-877-2220 or email at info@twinlakeschamber.com.

This outing includes lots of special holes for prizes. Hole-in-one opportunities from Hartnell Chevy, Kunes Ford and Peck & Weis Heating & Cooling.

There also will be raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, ball drop and buffet dinner after golf.

Want to sponsor a hole or green, donate a raffle/auction prize, or donate a goodie bag prize? Call the Chamber at 262-877-2220.

Community Baptist Church to host VBS Aug. 1-5

Community Baptist Church in Silver Lake will be hosting a vacation bible school Monday, Aug. 1 through Friday, Aug. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,

This year’s theme is Egypt – Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace.

Come be a part of the games, Bible lessons, crafts, missionary stories and all of the fun. Learn about the God’s faithfulness in the life of Joseph. The age group is for kids K-7 th Grade. This year there is a separate Bible Study for teens and adults as well.

Questions or to pre-register contact Joyce Jester at 262-885- 5021. You can also register online at www.cbcsilverlake.org.

Community Baptist Church is located at 203 N. 4 th Street in Silver Lake (corner of Fourth and North).

2016 Western Kenosha County Tennis Association Rally for Life is July 29 & 30

wkcta-logoNote: westofthei.com is sponsor of this event. — DH

The Western Kenosha County Tennis Association will be hosting its annual 24-hour tennis fundraiser event “Rally for Life,” with proceeds to benefit The American Cancer Society of Kenosha County and The Sharing Center. This 24-hour event will take place on Friday, July 29 starting at 1 p.m. through Saturday, July 30 at 1 p.m. at the Central High School Tennis Courts.

The WKCTA is looking to keep a tennis ball going back and forth over the net for 24 hours while also raising funds for the American Cancer Society of Kenosha County and collecting “back-to-school” items for the Sharing Center.

Currently, WKCTA is seeking participants for the Rally; it is free to participate. Visit www.wkcta.com for more information and how to register to be a Rally Participant. Participants are asked to bring any of the following “Back To School” items to be donated to the Sharing Center or provide a monetary donation for the American Cancer Society of Kenosha. “Back To School” items needed by the Sharing Center: Full size back packs, paper and notebooks and pens and pencils. Most needed items this year are: New shoes (or a Payless gift card), large pink erasers, glue (sticks & bottles), and markers (8 or 10 pk).

WKCTA is also currently seeking cancer survivors or those currently battling to participate in a ceremony starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 1.

During the 24 hour event there will be a number of tennis and non tennis activities for everyone. You can join the fun anytime during the 24 hours.

A full list of activities and times is available here.

Units responding for smoke in Brighton

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:37 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a possible fire in the area of 4200 252nd Avenue in Brighton.

Per dispatch: A passerby has reported a large amount of black smoke in area, but no flames seen.

UPDATE 8:39 p.m. — Dispatch says a second caller reporting smoke in area of 4100 264th Avenue.

UPDATE 8:40 p.m. — Salem FR units are continuing to respond. Salem command calling off ARA response from Bristol Fire and Rescue.

Looking north from west side of Paddock Lake.

Looking north from west side of Paddock Lake.

Units responding for down tree in Twin Lakes

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:14 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units and Twin Lakes Police officers are responding to the intersection of Mount Moriah and West Park Drive in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: A tree reportedly has fallen on a power line at this intersection.

UPDATE about 8:21 p.m. — Police officer on the scene reports that tree appears to have fallen on a service line to a home, not a main line.

UPDATE 8:22 p.m. — Utility company sending a crew to the scene, dispatch reports.

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