Daily Rose: See the antique farm machinery exhibit at the fair

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

For 47 years there has been an antique farm machinery exhibit at the Kenosha County Fair.

That’s a long time. But much of the equipment in this display will be considerably older.

Some of the machinery you might see includes:

  • Old-fashioned pitcher pump to draw water.
  • Rope maker, with which you can make you own sample to take home.
  • Old tractors, including John Deere, Allis Chalmers and Farmall models.

The antique farm machinery exhibit is located just inside the Kenosha County fair main gate on the north end of the fairgrounds.

TheKenosha County Fair runs Aug. 13-17 this year at the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

Deaths July 24, 2014: Jeanette E. Van Heirseele

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 →

Samuel Wagner in Lawrence University Class of 2014

Samuel Wagner, son of Spence and Amy Wagner, Salem, earned a bachelor of arts degree with a major in biology from Lawrence University Sunday, June 15 at the college’s 165th commencement. Wagner is a 2010 graduate of Catholic Central High School, Burlington.

Award-winning broadcast journalist Charles Gibson, former anchor of ABC’s “World News” and long-time co-anchor of “Good Morning, America,” was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree as part of the commencement ceremonies.

Founded in 1847, Lawrence University integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education.

Cody Lane named to UW-Madison Dean’s List

Cody Lane of Brighton was named to the University of  Wisconsin-Madison Dean’s List for the 2013 spring semester.

Lane earned a 4.0 grade average for the semester.

A word from our sponsors: Dousman Transport Co selected as a top workplace

dousman-logoNote: Dousman Transport Co is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Dousman Transport Co., Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplaces.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the United States. Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees. Through its workplace improvement offerings, WorkplaceDynamics provides solutions, training and tools to help clients improve their workplace.

Dousman Transport Company has been in business since 1962 and has grown from a one-terminal, 24-bus company to employing over 300 people and serving forty school districts from 8 locations in Southeastern Wisconsin. It is Dousman Transport’s commitment to quality service and the company’s excellent safety record that is attractive to school districts. Focusing on teamwork and quality training, Dousman Transport hires drivers who exhibit a true professional attitude and have a great love for kids.

When informed about the “Top Workplace” award, Magda Dimmendaal, CEO of Dousman Transport had this comment, “It is extremely gratifying to be nominated for this award by our employees. Our company is employee driven and we strive to maintain a friendly, welcoming atmosphere at all of our terminals. I truly appreciate that our employees feel comfortable in their workplace environment and appreciate their commitment to safety. We take pride in having conscientious employees who above all else, care about their passengers, and embrace our company slogan – We Transport The World’s Most Precious Cargo.”

Dousman currently has openings for bus drivers. Go here for more information.

For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

Sheriff’s Department offering “Computer Cop” software

kcsd-doorThe following announcement is from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department:

Sheriff David Beth would like to announce that the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is releasing “Computer Cop” free to the public in Kenosha County. This is an Internet Safety Initiative for parents. The internet is a dangerous place for our children to travel. Predators are looking for children to stalk on line, every minute of every day. Inappropriate sites and pictures sometimes appear on our screens at home with little notice of what content will follow. Sheriff Beth recognizes that parents need a hand keeping up with their children and the people who might want to harm them on the internet. Sheriff Beth said, “I was in Kenosha’s schools for ten years as a DARE officer teaching our children to be alert and safe, giving them the tools to keep themselves safe.” Today Sheriff Beth is giving parents a tool to help their children with the changing world around us. Computer Cop is a program on a CD that parents can place in their computer to monitor all activity that occurs on the computer 24 hours a day. The program will catch key words, photographs and even codes or abbreviations used by our children and predators that we as parents don’t always understand. Parents can even personalize the program to recognize names and key words or phrases that may be of particular importance to your household. The CD’s are free to anyone who lives in Kenosha County. They can be picked up at the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department (Public Safety Building) at 1000 55th St., Kenosha. St. The discs can be shared by family, friends or entire neighborhoods. Equipping parents to protect their children is the goal of this initiative.

Units responding for investigation in Silver Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:10 p.m., Silver Lake Fire Department and Silver Lake Rescue units and a Silver Lake Police officer are responding to a Northwater and Second for an investigation.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting a burning rubber smell.

UPDATE 9:17 p.m. — Police officer on the scene reports to dispatch a slight smell in the area, but he has not located the source.

Daily Rose: Get commercial at the fair

kenosha-co-fair-rooster-promo-2014-webNote: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

The Commercial Building at the Kenosha County Fair hosts a wide variety of booths from the strictly commercial to the more philosophical.

Through the years I have seen booths from law enforcement, political parties, builders, media, sellers of all types of merchandise and even cooking demonstrations. If for no other reason, a trip or two or three through the Commercial Building is worthwhile because many of them have fun stuff to give away too.

There are always some mainstays that you see year after year. But there is almost always something new to see too.

West of the I will again have a booth in the Commercial Building. Please come out and share your thoughts about the site or perhaps what you’d like to see us follow in the future. We’d love to share our knowledge of the fair or connect you with one of our sponsors for the goods and services you need. We’ll have a fun giveaway and a game too.

The fair this year runs from Aug. 13 to 17.

Units responding to crash in Salem

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:55 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash in the 21700 block of Salem Road (Highways AH) in Salem.

UPDATE 5:58 p.m. — Two vehicles involved, in traffic. Deputy on scene.

UPDATE 6:13 p.m. — Second ambulance being dispatched to the scene.

Amy Nydahl makes Georgia Southern University Dean’s List

Georgia Southern University recently named 2,518 students as 2014 Spring Semester Dean’s List honorees. Amy Nydahl from Bristol, has been named to the list for excellence in academics. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students.

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.

Local students among UW-Stout Class of 2014

Undergraduate and graduate students participated in commencement ceremonies at University of Wisconsin-Stout in May.

  • Cody Davenport of Bristol,  received a B.S. in golf enterprise management.
  • Erika Bohn of Bristol,  received a B.S. in family and consumer science education, a B.S. in marketing and business education.
  • Jacob Wagner of Salem,  received a B.S. in applied science.
  • Sasha Granger of Trevor, received a B.S. in hotel restaurant and tourism.

UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, has 45 undergraduate majors and 23 graduate programs, including one doctoral degree. UW-Stout, established in 1891, prides itself on the success of its students in the workplace, with an employment rate at or above 97 percent for recent graduates.

Brett Prange graduates from Universal Technical Institute

Universal Technical Institute, Inc., a provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, has announced the graduation of Bret C. Prange from its automotive program. Originally from Twin Lakes, Prange came to the Lisle, Ill., campus to pursue a program specifically designed to provide the training necessary for professional, entry-level technicians.

“Our students take their training very seriously,” says Julie Mueller, campus president of UTI-Lisle. “Often there are many sacrifices that have to be made in order to pursue their technical program. There is work, life, and school balance that must be maintained in order to successfully complete their studies at UTI. Our graduates are technical experts that are chosen by industry and ready to work.”

The Aquanuts place second at Wisconsin Water Ski Show Championships

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

The Aquanuts competed at the 48th annual Wisconsin Water Ski Show Championships in Wisconsin Rapids, on Lake Wazeecha July 17-20.

This year 24 teams from around the state came to show off their talents, and sense of humor, for some wholesome family entertainment.

The Aquanuts are skiing within the theme of “Land of the Lost Nut”, combining the humor of Aquanut Labs and time machine travel, back to the 1970s and placing second in Division 1. This is their best performance since 2005.

Again the Aquanut Ladies were in top form with their incredible ballet line, quick-pick with 28 girls skiing in unison, placing first among the ballet lines. Swivel Ladies Kendall Krieger and Kaila Coffey placed first and second in the individual swivel competition held on Thursday. Placing 1&2 was an Aquanut “first”. The Back Barefoot Circle Act, performed by Kailey Koehler, (#3 world ranked barefooter), sister Ariana Koehler and Collin Barber was the highest scoring barefoot act at the competition. Kendall Krieger was also named the “Jennifer Dibble-Woods/Michelle Cook Award” for outstanding female skier. This is an award the ladies of the Aquanuts have held for three years in a row.

The boys of the team cannot be left out. The Aquanuts have three former Mark Black Trick skiers on the water during their show, who demonstrated flips and hand turns, second to none — Jarad Meyer, Aaron Nelson and Dan Amir. The team also performed, prefabricated pyramids, grand pyramids, doubles, swivel, and jump acts to round out their show.

Aquanut Shows are Wednesday and Saturdays at 6 p.m. on Lake Mary (Lance Park) in Twin Lakes.

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

Units responding for crash in Paris

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:15 a.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a motorcycle down near the intersection of Highways K and D in Paris.

UPDATE 8:23 a.m. — Fire units being told to stand down.

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, July 24 through Wednesday, July 30.  Ask for a copy of the coupons — including the Super Coupons — at the store service desk.

This week’s ad includes a melon sale and fresh produce sale.

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

Daily Rose: 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. Usually at least some members of the fair court also give the contest a heave.

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

The Kenosha County Fair runs this year from Aug. 13 to 17.

Units responding to Kenosha County Center for medical call

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:19 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to the Kenosha County Center, Highways 50 and 45 in Bristol, for a medical call.

Per dispatch: The 59-year-old patient is in a car in the parking lot and experiencing an unknown medical problem.

Units responding for crash in Bristol

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 3:32 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff”s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 16200 block of Highway K in Bristol.

UPDATE 3:35 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports to dispatch that crash involves a single vehicle with one occupant, who is reporting leg pain. Vehicle is off the road in a corn field.

UPDATE 3:48 p.m. — Deputy requests a tow for the vehicle, which is about 200 yards into the corn field. Deputy may try to move it closer to the road.

UPDATE 3:52 p.m. — Ambulance clearing the scene with no transport of a patient.

Units responding for crash in Brighton

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:20 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways 75 and PH in Brighton.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a vehicle that is off the road in a field.

UPDATE 12:26 p.m. — Salem FD command on scene and has made contact with person reporting the crash, but not the involved vehicle, which has not been located yet.

UPDATE 12:29 p.m. — Contact has now been made with patient.

Kelsey Woodke named to Upper Iowa University Dean’s List

Kelsey Woodke, a Marketing major from Salem, was named to the Upper Iowa University 2013-14 Spring Dean’s List. To be honored, the undergraduate must have earned a minimum 3.50 GPA for the semester and be enrolled as a full-time student.

For more information about Upper Iowa University, go to www.uiu.edu.

Hot today, then chance of storms

hot-thermometer-istockThe National Weather Service forecast says it will be hotter today than we’ve seen around here in a while.

The high temperature is forecast for about 89 degrees. High humidity could mean heat index values from 95 to 100 degrees.

The NWS says there is a 20 percent chance of a thunderstorm today and a 40 percent chance of one tonight.

Temperatures are expected to cool off considerably Wednesday and Thursday, with a high in just the low 70s.

Salem Town Board hears citizen views on ATV route

atv-sxc-Michal-Zacharzewski-webThe Salem Town Board heard Monday from residents about their views on allowing ATV use on designated routes on town roads.

Speakers at the special meeting just for this purpose included those who support and oppose the ordinance. By my count 26 people total spoke. Fourteen opposed the new ordinance, eight supported the new ordinance and  two expressed neutral opinions. For one other speaker I did not hear enough of their comments to discern their opinion and for one other I was not sure what their stance was.

Opponents stressed concerns about safety and enforcement. Proponents stressed that ATV can be safe and that safety would be enhanced by establishing a set of enforceable rules.

Here is video of portions of some of the comments:

The meeting lasted about 90 minutes and was orderly, with Chairman Diann Tesar calling people up to speak who had signed up before the meeting started. Some speakers were met with applause from those who supported their position. I counted about 150 people in attendance, more than there was seats. The audience appeared to be split about half and half between proponents and opponents of the proposed ordinance.

“I was very proud of how the people of the town of Salem conducted themselves tonight,” Supervisor Dan Campion said in an interview after the meeting.

At the end of the public comment, Supervisor Mike Culat read a statement lamenting what he called the distortion of his motivation for supporting the ATV ordinance:

One of the citizen speakers, Tim Squire, proposed a referendum on the issue, since passions were running so high.

“With a heated issue like this, I don’t think it should be put on five people,” Squire said.

After the meeting, Tesar said she expected the board to discuss and possibly act on the issue — including perhaps a November referendum — at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Aug. 11.

The issue got started in April when about 40 residents showed up at a Town Board meeting to support allowing ATV use on designated town roads.

St. Francis Xavier Parish “Family Fun Day and Auction is Aug. 2

The 2014 St. Francis Xavier Parish “Family Fun Day and Auction” will take place Aug. 2 at the church grounds, 1704 240th Ave. in Brighton.

This annual event includes food, refreshments and more.

Viewing for the live auction starts at 3 p.m. Outdoor mass at will be at 4 p.m. The Live Auction is at 6:30 p.m. Treasure Table of small antiques start at 3 p.m. Don’t miss the Cow Maneuver and the “Booze Barrel” raffle. Music by Dukes of Dover at 8:30 p.m.

No admission fee or registration required.

St. Francis Xavier Church is located on Highway X (240th ave) one  mile south of Highway 142.

Daily Rose: 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 at 11 a.m.

This year’s fair runs from Aug. 13-17.

Cheyenne Moffat receives Guy Allen Tawny Prize

Cheyenne Moffat, of Twin Lakes,  received the Guy Allen Tawny Prize at Beloit College’s Honors Day Convocation on May 7.

Moffat is a first-year student.

The Honors Day Convocation is an annual event held to honor outstanding Beloit College students and their accomplishments.

Beloit College is a residential, liberal arts college offering 40 majors to its 1,250 students. Located 90 miles northwest of Chicago, Beloit draws students from 41 nations as well as 49 states.

A word from our sponsors: Affordable Alarms offers home security at reasonable cost

burglar-photo-istockNote: Affordable Alarms is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Affordable Alarms offers effective security for your home at a reasonable onetime cost.

Affordable Alarms was founded by Powers Lake native and experienced law enforcement officer Bryan Pelz. A sheriff’s deputy for the last 19 years, he mainly patrols areas west of Highway 45 in Kenosha County.

“In the last several years I have realized how much of my time has been spent taking theft and burglary reports,” Pelz said. “Many of those burglaries were in nice west end neighborhoods. In one day I took between 5 and 7 burglaries in the same neighborhood.”

But those burglaries might have been avoidable.

“What I realized was many of the theft and burglary reports I take could have been avoided if residents would have taken small steps to protect themselves,” Pelz said. “The biggest thing I noticed is people with alarm systems rarely ever get burglarized. In fact, in my 18 years I have never taken a report of someone taking items from a home that had a working alarm system.”

Such a system doesn’t have to be expensive.

“I realize most people live on a tight budget and cannot afford several hundred dollars for an alarm system just to be trapped in a three-year contract and $35 to $50 month fees,” Pelz said. “That’s a lot to ask when people live pay check to pay check. For the last eight years I have been testing many different types of alarms and I put together a very simple but effective and cost friendly alarm system.”

For example, outfitting two doors and eight windows costs just $116 with Affordable Alarms.

Pelz comes out to his clients homes and evaluates their property, giving his professional opinion on how to make their home more secure from possible thieves or what they can do to protect and even recover their property if lost or stolen. Pelz then demonstrates his alarms and informs his potential clients of what type of alarm would best secure their home. He gives a price to install the alarm.

“I do this with no sales pressure,” Pelz said. “I offer a 90 day warranty on all alarms and I do all the work myself.”

Contact Bryan Pelz at Affordable Alarms for a consultation today at 262-818-8054 or affordable.alarms@yahoo.com

Units responding for crash in Bristol

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:55 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 14800 block of Highway K in Bristol.

Per dispatch: A single vehicle spun out and is now off the road. Driver reporting some injuries.

UPDATE 6:01 p.m. — Deputy on the scene reports to dispatch that driver is conscious and breathing and has a head injury.

UPDATE 6:09 p.m. — Tow truck responding to the scene.

UPDATE 6:19 p.m. — Ambulance leaving the scene for a local hospital.

Daily Rose: Still time to enter the Fairest of the Fair contest

2014 Kenosha County Fairest of the Fair Court (from left) Nicole Krokosz, Fairest of the  Fair Elizabeth Elfering and Katelyn Kreye. /westofthei.com photo

2014 Kenosha County Fairest of the Fair Court (from left) Nicole Krokosz, Fairest of the Fair Alizabeth Elfering and Katelyn Kreye. /westofthei.com photo

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

The 2014 Kenosha County Fairest of the Fair Contest is open to all residents of the city or county of Kenosha.

There is still a little time to enter the contest. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, July 25.

Contestants must be single, at least 18 years of age on Jan. 1, 2014 but will not reach the age of 25 by Jan. 1, 2015 and be free to participate in the activities of the 2014 Kenosha County Fair on Thursday, Aug 13 through Sunday, Aug. 17.

The Preliminary Screening is Thursday, Aug. 7 where the finalists will be selected. Final judging of the finalists will be held on Monday, Aug. 11, where the top three finalists will be selected as the court from which the Fairest of the Fair will be chosen. Fairest of the Fair will be crowned on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 9 pm at the fair grounds.

If interested please visit the Kenosha County Fair website (Kenoshacountyfair.com) and download the Official Entry Blank and mail to: Kenosha County Fair, P.O. Box 96, Wilmot, WI 53192 or you can pick up an entry blank at the fair office between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm. weekdays.

Pringle to host nature story time Aug. 2

pringle-logoPringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Ave., Bristol will be having a Nature Story Time Hike: A Tree’s Tale by Lark Carrier on Saturday, Aug. 2, 10 to 11 a.m

Join participants will they read about a huge, 400-year-old oak tree that sees many people come and go during the course of its life as a Mai-Mehtug or “path-tree” to the inland forest.

After the story, participants will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story. Free

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