Deaths Oct. 24, 2104: Philip Tyler Moffat, Robert J. Scott, Ole Jensen, Charles A. Budwick

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

Brian Hopkins named to Wisconsin Lutheran College football team

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Photo by Jason Antony via stock.xchng

Brian Hopkins of Silver Lake, a junior, is a member of the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team.

After one year away, Dennis Miller returns to the sidelines for his 14th season as head coach of the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team. Miller enters the season with a 47-82 career record. The Warriors finished 4-6 in 2013 along with a 3-3 record in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) to take fourth place. WLC returns five All-NACC honorees from 2013, including NACC Defensive Player of the Year Luke Sebald, First Team linebacker Jestin Heimbruch, and First Team running back Mike Reeves.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent, residential, Christian college in Milwaukee that serves nearly 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult, and graduate students through its on-campus, on-location, and online programming. For more information, visit wlc.edu.

Wheatland Center School Board wants more info on latest ATC route proposal


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The above Google Maps Streetview shows the current electrical poles and lines along Highway O in front of Wheatland Center School.

Wheatland Center School Board members will seek more information from the company proposing to run a electrical transmission line by school.

The board discussed the American Transmission Company proposed route for a 69 kilovolt line to connect a proposed 138 kilovolt line along Highway 50 to a substation in Twin Lakes. The current route preferred by ATC would bring the line down Highway O right in front of the the school building. There currently is an electrical service line running on poles in the same location.

If the new ATC line were to go in, the current poles would be replaced with higher wooden poles that would hold the current line as well as the line to the substation, ATC representatives have said.

District administrator Martin McGinley said he has meet with ATC local relations representative Mary Carpenter about the project and was told the proposed line should have little effect on the school.

“I think what it would mean for us is essentially higher poles,” McGinley told the board. “From what I understand, there’s not a lot of impact.”

Because of the higher poles, ATC might need to acquire additional right of way, for which the district would be paid. McGinley said. That could also possibly affect trees planted along the front of the school.

Board member Mary Ochoa-Petersen expressed concern with the proposed line route.

“That’s so close to the school,” Ochoa-Petersen said.

Board President Chris Serak suggested the board have Carpenter attend a future meeting to answer questions and then decide whether it wanted to take a formal position.

If the board did want to take a position, Serak suggested it be done in writing so it had to be included as part of the comment record that will be submitted to the Public Service Commission as part of the route approval process.

In March, the Salem School Board took a position that it did not favor the 138 kilovolt transmission line coming by its school building. ATC officials later re-routed that segment of line farther south, but the most recent proposal again calls for the line to run by Salem School along Highway AH as one of two possible routes through that area in Salem.

Contacted Thursday, Salem district administrator David Milz said the Salem board’s position is still that the line should not run by the school.

ATC officials say building the line between a substation in Salem and a substation in Lake Geneva is needed to improve capacity and reliability of electrical service in the area.

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WisDOT rolls out plans for Highways 83 & C intersection improvement

The WisDOT Highways 83 & C roundabout plan (click for larger view)

The WisDOT Highways 83 & C roundabout plan (click for larger view)

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation unveiled alternatives for improving safety at the Highways 83 and C intersection at a public open house meeting Thursday at Salem Town Hall.

Two alternatives were presented:

  • Construction of a roundabout.
  • Retaining traffic signals, but changing the configuration of the intersection.

DOT officials say the intersection has a high number of crashes, which is prompting changes to make it safer.

According to Greg Gard, the project’s designer:

  • The roundabout option would cost about $2-3 million to construct. It would require the acquisition of about one-third of an acre of additional right of way and require no relocation of businesses or homes. The closure needed is being called short-term. It would include an off-road sidepath for pedestrians and bikes as well as on road bike lanes. A retaining wall of about 2 to 3 feet would be need in one location.
  • The new signal option would cost about $4-5 million to construct. Lowering the intersection to improve site lines related to an existing hill would be done. About an acre of right of way would need to be acquired. Sidepaths and bike lanes would be included. New monopod style traffic signal poles would be used. Left turn lanes would be separated in an effort to improve safety. Three homes might need to be relocated. Retaining walls as high as 8-feet on two parts of the intersection would be needed.

Gard also said the roundabout option would see significantly fewer crashes than a signal because of reduced speed and the elimination of sharp angles of approach of vehicles.

“It (a roundabout) reduces speed,” Gard said ” and it does lessen the severity (of crashes).”

The DOT was gathering public comment at the meeting. They expect to pick a preferred alternative for the intersection next year and begin construction in 2018 (Note: Year corrected from earlier version. — DH).

At some point, Salem Town Chairman Diann Tesar said she expects the Town Board to discuss the alternatives and come up with an official town position on what option the state should pursue.

“I would like (the board) to make a recommendation,” Tesar said.

Improvements to the Highway 83/50/75 intersection in Paddock Lake also were unveiled at the meeting. Gard said all of those improvements related to improving pedestrian access, especially for those with disabilities. They were grouped with the Highway 83 and Highway C improvements as a matter of convenience and efficiency.

The WisDOT Highway 83 & C new signal plan (Click for larger view).

The WisDOT Highway 83 & C new signal plan (Click for larger view).

A WisDOT graphic showing types and severity of crashes at Highways 83 & C (click for larger view).

A WisDOT graphic showing types and severity of crashes at Highways 83 & C (click for larger view).

Units responding to crash in Salem

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At about 7:10 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a crash at Highways 83 and AH in Salem.

Per dispatch: A black, four-door vehicle reportedly struck a traffic standard and knocked it down.

UPDATE 7:12 p.m. — Rescue unit on scene reports that vehicle appears to have left the scene.

UPDATE 7:13 p.m. — Fire units being told to stand down. Deputy reports one lane blocked, but all traffic signals are blinking red.

UPDATE 7:16 p.m. — Deputy reports that vehicle reportedly fled the scene northbound on Highway 83.

UPDATE 7:45 p.m. — Rescue squad being dispatched to a parking lot in the 8700 block of Highway 83 to check out a patient who is with deputies and is believed to be from the crash.

Units responding to crash in Paris

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 6:52 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highways 45 and 142 in Paris.

UPDATE 7:32 p.m. — Paris FD units clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

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.

Units responding for crash in Paris

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At about 2:15 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highways 142 and MB in Paris.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a car and a truck and is partially blocking the roadway.

UPDATE 2:25 p.m. — Tow requested for car.

Northerns stocked in Lakes Mary and Elizabeth

/Village of Twin Lakes photo, used with permission

/Village of Twin Lakes photo, used with permission

Lakes Mary and Elizabeth in Twin Lakes were stocked with some new fishy inhabitants Wednesday afternoon.

About 600 northern pike were added to the lakes as part of a Twin Lakes Protection and Rehabilitation District stocking.

Here are several more photos from the village Facebook Page.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is expected to stock walleye in the lakes next year.

Units responding for crash in Salem

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 10:37 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highways 83 and C in Salem.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a car and a motorcycle.

UPDATE 10:40 a.m. — Deputy blocking eastbound traffic on Highway C.

UPDATE 10:45 a.m. — Tows requested by deputies for both vehicles.

UPDATE 10:55 a.m. — One ambulance transporting a patient to a local hospital.

Christopher Nelson, Dalton Heckel playing football for UW-Whitewater in 2014

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Photo by Jason Antony via stock.xchng

The following students were named to the 2014 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team.

  • Twin Lakes – Christopher Nelson, a junior general management major.
  • Silver Lake – Dalton Heckel, a freshman criminology major.

After defeating UW-Eau Claire 52-3 on Oct. 18, UW-Whitewater extended its winning streak to 23 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the NCAA including all divisions.

The team’s head coach, Lance Leipold, also earned his 100th career victory, reaching that milestone faster than any head coach in NCAA history.

“It’s something that will sink in probably further down the road,” Leipold said. “I’m very fortunate for the opportunity to be the head coach at UW-Whitewater. We have players that have played hard and bought into the philosophy, and we have a great group of assistant coaches who we’ve been able to retain. They’ve done an outstanding job.”

When the players are not on the field, they are giving back to the community. The UW-Whitewater football team hosts fitness programs for elementary school students, as well as participating in Reading with Warhawks, a program where players to read to elementary school children.

The Warhawks will compete in their homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. against UW-Oshkosh at Perkins Stadium.

Units responding to Randall School for crash

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 3:20 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units and Twin Lakes Police officers are responding to Randall School for a crash.

Per dispatch: A child has been struck by a car in the parking lot.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m. — Fire Department personnel being told to stand down; response needed from rescue squad only.

UPDATE 3:32 p.m. — Ambulance returning to quarters; no patient transport. Police officers also clearing the scene.

Community Baptist Church of Silver Lake hosting Fall Fest Saturday

community-baptist-fall-fest-logo-2013The Community Baptist Church of Silver Lake will host their third annual Community Fall Fest Saturday Oct 25.

Community Fall Fest begins at 5 p.m. at Community Baptist Church in Silver Lake. Activities include hay rides, a bon fire, brats and hot dogs, and ‘do-it-yourself’ s’mores. Children will enjoy carnival-style games, a craft cabin, a giant inflatable slide, and more. Pastor Cliff Hathcock will offer short history tours inside the church building each hour. While Fall treats such as hot chocolate, pumpkin snacks, etc. may be purchased, the event is free.

Community Baptist Church is located at 203 N. Fourth Street in Silver Lake. For more information, contact Pastor Cliff at 262-889-4013 (office) or 262-889-2585 (home).

Units responding for crash in Paddock Lake

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 11:54 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a crash at 236th Avenue and Highway K in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved; one hit a pole and rolled over.

UPDATE 11:55 a.m. — Deputy on scene reports that one vehicle is on its roof off the road.

UPDATE 11:56 a.m. — Salem F/R unit on the scene reporting that one person is trapped in upside down vehicle. Says only one ambulance needs to respond.

UPDATE 12:08 p.m. — Per dispatch: Person freed from vehicle, with minor injuries.

 

 

Video of chase on I-94 in Kenosha County released

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has released video of a chase on I-94 last week that resulted in the arrest of two Milwaukee brothers.

Here’s video from fox6now.com with footage of the chase:

Central mountain bike team finishes season

/Contributed photo, used with permission of photographer

/Contributed photo, used with permission of photographer

Central High School’s mountain bike team participated in the the final NICA race of the season held Sunday at Cascade Mountain in Portage.

Central’s Aaron Diaz finished 10 of 23 JV competitors. Central’s Riley Kaebisch did not compete due to illness.

/Contributed photo, used with permission of photographer

/Contributed photo, used with permission of photographer

St. Francis Xavier Parish Fall Festival is Nov. 2

cooked-turkey-sxc-as012a2569-webSt. Francis Xavier Parish will host its annual Fall Festival on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The festival includes a turkey dinner, raffles, variety booth and children’s games.

Cost of turkey dinner is: Adults-$10, children under 12-$5, children under 5-$3, children under $3-free, and carry out-$11.

St. Francis Xavier Parish is located on Highway X one mile south of Highway 142 in Brighton.

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

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

This week’s ad for Marv & Alison’s Sentry  in Paddock Lake is now available at westofthei.com. Click on the ad to see the full line-up of values for this coming week.

The sale prices in this ad (click here to see ad) are effective from Thursday, Oct. 23 through Wednesday, Oct. 29.

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

Salem Fire/Rescue responding for mutual aid to Antioch

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:40 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue is responding to a mutual aid request from the Antioch Fire Department for a structure fire in the 42900 block of North Lake Avenue in Antioch.

Salem is being requested to respond with a tanker.

2014 Twin Lakes Chamber & Business Rock the Night Gala & Auction coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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The Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association held its annual gala at Rumpoles Saturday night.  The evening included listening/dancing to “Elvis” silent and live auction, and buffet dinner.

Attendees this year were encouraged to dress as their favorite rock star.

The event raises funds to award scholarships, make donations to the local food pantry and non-profit organizations and provide other community events. Costume winner "Lady Gaga" Dianne Periman

Costume winner “Lady Gaga” Dianne Periman

80's groupies took third in the costume contest.

80’s groupies took third in the costume contest.

Anthony, Paul and Pat DeMoon

Anthony, Paul and Pat DeMoon

Units responding for crash in Twin Lakes

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 8:09 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units are responding to the 800 block of Burlington Avenue in Twin Lakes for a crash.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles are involved. There may be one person injured.

Twin Lakes Village Board splits clerk and treasurer position

tl-logoThe Twin Lakes Village Board has split the village clerk/treasurer job into two positions: Village clerk and village accountant/treasurer.

The action was accomplished by a revision of the village’s charter ordinance that passed by a 6-0 vote at Monday’s Village Board meeting. Because it involved the charter ordinance, the change required a 2/3 vote of the board (5 votes) for approval. Trustee Jeremy Knoll was absent from Monday’s meeting.

The change was suggested by village administrator Jennifer Frederick, who said clerk and treasurer take different skills that could be better addressed with specialists.

“I think they are completely different skill sets,” Frederick said at the Committee of the Whole meeting Oct. 6. Clerks deal with permits, records and related matters. Treasurers deal with finance, no small issue even in Twin Lakes with a $4 million budget.

The ordinance does not take effect for 60 days because it is a charter ordinance. Frederick said she hopes to recruit for the position during the upcoming two months and have someone come on board in early 2015.

Units responding for alarm in Twin Lakes

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 1:51 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units and Twin Lakes Police officers are responding to a commercial fire alarm in the 100 block of Lance Drive in Twin Lakes.

UPDATE 2:02 p.m. — Police officer at the scene reports a false alarm caused by sweeping of wood shavings.

 

Country Inn and Suites and Parkway Chateau to host special needs Halloween event

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The Brat Stop and Country Inn and Suites in Kenosha just west of I-94 will host its annual Halloween Trick or Treat Event for Special Needs Children and Adults Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The event is a  Halloween celebration for children and adults with special needs and their families. Participants can dress up in their favorite costume and then trick or treat in a safe, accessible environment at the Brat Stop’s Parkway Chateau. Area businesses and organizations sponsor fun stations for the trick or treaters. Participants will be able to enjoy great snacks, have candy to take home, play games and win prizes. There also will be live music, face painting and balloon making.

The Brat Stop/Parkway Chateau is located at 12304 75th St., Kenosha.

Call Country Inn & Suites 857-3680 for more information.

Pancake breakfast to benefit Westosha Senior Center

pancakes-eggs-sausage-istock-webWestosha Senior Center will be hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon at the center, 19200 93rd St. (Highway C) Bristol.

Pancake, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit cup, orange juice and coffee will be served. Admission is: Adults $7, ages 6-12: $3 and under 6 free.

For more information call 891-3436 or visit www.westoshaseniorcenter.com

Units responding to crash in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 3:12 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash on 101st Street (I missed the cross street location) in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Preliminary reports indicate no injuries.

UPDATE 3:44 p.m. — All Bristol units are clearing and returning to quarters.

Guest column: Foster parents needed in Kenosha County

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/Photo by Asif Akbar via freeimages.com

Note: The following guest column on the need for foster parents in Kenosha County was written by Katie Headley, Foster Care Recruiter, Community Impact Programs. — DH

This year has flown by and the holiday season is quickly approaching. Before we know it the air will turn crisp and cold, snowflakes will be falling from the sky and we will be gathered together with our loved ones and friends – making memories and sharing stories of days gone by. For children placed in the foster care program this can be a very difficult time of year, being separated from their families and all they have ever known – often through no fault of their own.

Perhaps you’ve been thinking of a way for you or your family to contribute to the goodness of our community. Consider becoming a foster parent!

There are over 150 children in the foster care program here in Kenosha County. We are looking for loving homes for children of all ages. Foster care is challenging but it also carries with it immense rewards. Leo Buscaglia, known as Dr. Love, once said, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

No one said that foster care is easy. To love a child, raise up a child, to fear that they may leave again one day – it is a reality faced by many foster parents. The beauty of having foster children to care for, nurture, protect and love is that they will bring immeasurable gifts to your life!

This holiday season, consider giving a child in foster care the immeasurable gift of comfort, safety and a loving home by becoming a foster parent.

If you are over the age of 21, financially independent and you have love in your heart and a desire to be a parent, we are looking for you.

For more information on how you can become a foster parent in Kenosha County, please contact Community Impact Program’s at 262-656-8420 ext. 123 or email fostercare@psgcip.com. Community Impact Programs, Inc. is a contracted agency with the Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services. Our Resource Development program is responsible for recruiting, licensing and training foster families and placing foster children into licensed foster homes in Kenosha County.

Hazardous material team responding to Somers

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The Kenosha County Hazardous Materials Team is responding to the 1200 block of 72nd Avenue in Somers for a possible hazardous materials incident.

UPDATE 8:54 a.m. — Per dispatch: This is now a confirmed incident. Units staging at Somers School.

UPDATE 11:57 a.m. — This was a a refrigerant leak at the school. The WGTD Facebook page has some more info.

Units responding for gas smell in Twin Lakes

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At about 9:45 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding to a report of a gas smell in the 1200 block of Point o Wood Drive.

Units responding for vehicle fire in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 9:32 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a possible vehicle fire at 124th Street and 210th Avenue in Bristol.

UPDATE 9:39 p.m. — Per dispatch: Sheriff’s deputy has helped an occupant out of the vehicle. That person may be injured.

UPDATE 9:43 p.m. — Flight for Life medical transport helicopter being requested. Fire unit on scene reports to dispatch that there is no smoke or fire at this time.

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