Lakewood School referendum forum video

Lakewood School hosted a community forum on April 16 regarding its May 20 $5.9 million building improvement project referendum.

If you were not able to attend, the Lakewood PTO has shared this video of the meeting:

If passed, the tax impact of the referendum is expected to be about $6 per month of $100,000 of assessed value, school officials say.

More info here.

Severe weather warning sirens are a drill

If you are hearing the severe weather sirens sounding right now at 1:45 p.m., they are part of a statewide drill. No actual dangerous weather has been sighted.

Salem approves bid for 2014 road rehab program

art-bramon-asphalt-istockThe Salem Town Board last week approved a bid for the 2014 road rehabilitation program.

The chosen bid from Black Diamond Group, Inc. of Oak Creek totaled $1,888,888 for four groups of work. The next lowest bid was $2,561,797.

Four groups of work will be done:

  • Streets in Salem Oaks Subdivision, Cross Lake Subdivision and 268th Avenue.
  • Streets in Yaws Subdivision.
  • 98th Street.
  • Wilmot streets, including 111th Street, 112th Street, 113th Street, 114th Street, 117th Street, 118th Street, 119th Street, 306th Avenue, 309th Court and 308th Avenue.

The 98th Street work drew the most discussion. The road is in bad shape — a rough road sign is even posted at its west end — but town officials have expressed some concern about improving the road fearing it could become a high speed short cut between Highway 83 and Highway C. Supervisor Dan Campion asked staff to consult with the county to see if any safety improvements could be made to 98th Street’s intersection with Highway C. Salem highway superintendent Mike Murdock also said he has a solar powered flashing stop sign that could be installed there.

“That intersection scares the hell out of me,” Campion said.

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Units responding to Salem intersection for medical call

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At about 11:27 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to the intersection of Highways 83 an SA for a medical call.

Per dispatch: A 14-year-old male in a vehicle is experiencing extreme pain.

Deal of the Day: Home Again $25 gift card half off

ayHave you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal!

Today’s offer is from Home Again, 4410 200th Ave., Paris. In Home Again, chef/owner Emily Schubkegel is striving to offer a restaurant that is elegant but still has a family friendly feel. “You can feel comfortable, but it still has some classy elements,” Schubkegel said of Home Again. She calls the food “elegant home cooking.” Everything is made from scratch. The menu offers appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and soups and salads. Home Again is open every day but Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone is 262-857-8200 and you can visit them on the web at: Today’s offer is for a $25 gift certificate which you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). Certificate must be used for eat in only.Full description of conditions is available here. It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!

Tornado warning drill scheduled for today

TornadoOkla-pd-noaa-webA statewide tornado drill is planned for today. Kenosha County is expected to participate.

At 1 pm, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and at 1:45 pm a statewide mock tornado warning. Many radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. Kenosha County warning sirens are expected to be activated. In addition, NOAA weather radios (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safe procedures for severe weather, said Kenosha County Emergency Management Director Lt. Gil Benn.

The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and/or rainy. If actual severe storms are expected in the state, the tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, with the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday the drill will be cancelled.

The National Weather Service hourly forecast calls for just a slight chance of rain during the drill time, but  an 80 percent chance tonight, with the strongest possibility starting about 10 p.m. A thunderstorm is possible.

Brighton School tree planting

Students at Brighton School recognized Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting a tree. The Greensprire Linden tree, donated by Breezy Hill Nursery, can grow as tall as 50 feet with heart-shaped leaves.

Different classes came out to look and ask questions. Students in the enthusiastic kindergarten class had to touch the tree. They asked questions of Katie Angel of Breezy Hill. She also asked them questions about trees and some jumped up and down, when they knew the answers.

Each student  received a sticker for planting a tree, as they headed back to class.



/Earlene Frederick photo


/Earlene Frederick photo


Tree planting at Wheatland Center School

Kindergarten students at Wheatland School celebrated Earth Day by planting a tree. The Greensprire Linden tree, donated by Breezy Hill Nursery, can grow as tall as 50 feet with heart-shaped leaves.

Students, wearing their Earth Day headbands, each took turns putting a shovel of dirt in the hole. Katie Angel, from Breezy Hill, talked to them about trees and the students asked questions. She then gave each of them a sticker for planting a tree.

/Earlene Frederick photo

/Earlene Frederick photo

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/Earlene Frederick photo

Wheatland Center School Board considers post failed referendum options

wheatland-school-busThe Wheatland Center School Board on Wednesday considered several courses of action in the wake of a failed referendum earlier this month.

After the options were laid out, there wasn’t a lot of discussion, but perhaps district administrator summed it up best: “”We have to go back; we have to have a referendum.”

The April referendum sought approval of a non-recurring referendum for four years — $750,000 for each school/budget year. It was defeated with 286 no votes and 233 yes votes.

Without additional revenue next year, the school district is facing an estimated $460,000 deficit and will have essentially no fund balance, McGinley said.

McGinley blamed not a lack of revenue, but restrictions imposed by the state revenue limit on school districts.

Going forward, here are the options outlined for the board by McGinley:

Make $460,000 in spending cuts — McGinley said “We can’t possibly reach $460,000 (in cuts) without a huge impact on programming and a great impact on the things we have done to make this a great place.” He also pointed out that cutting that amount would add nothing to the district’s fund balance (reserve funds).

Request another referendum — When and how would be key questions when implementing this option. Holding a referendum concurrent with the Aug. 12 partisan primary would help hold down costs. A special election would be more expensive, maybe costing between $6,000 to $7,000. Waiting until the November general election could be too late in the year to leave time to certify a levy based on the referendum’s result.

Combination of cuts and a new referendum — Could the amount of the referendum be reduced if some cuts were also made and would that make the referendum more palatable to voters?

Consolidation with another district — This is an option discussed in the past for Wheatland’s financial woes. “Frankly,would any district want to take on our debt?” McGinley asked.

Dissolution– Dissolving the district and likely letting the state attach  portions of the current Wheatland district to other adjacent districts.

Board President Christopher Serak said he favored a combination of cuts and a new referendum.

“A combination of cuts and another referendum sounds to me like a middle of the road option,” Serak said. He also felt the April referendum language should the fine tuned. He criticized the language on the April 1 referendum as sounding “like a tax increase.”

Board Treasurer Troy Brumley pointed out that second tries on referendums have been successful for Wheatland referendums of late. But McGinley cautioned agaisnt taking too much comfort in that fact. McGinley said the district did not do a good enough job of communicating the urgent need for the referendum to pass.

“We tried to do it without scare tactics, but they are not really scare tactics,” he said.

The board did not settle on a definite course of action, but likely will address the issue again at its next meeting.


Units responding for crash in Salem

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At about 5:26 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding for a crash at Highways 83 and JF in Salem.

Per dispatch: A deputy on the scene is reporting that one vehicle is upside down in the northbound lane of Highway 83.

Salem Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Tom Seep to be honored at open house on April 27

Tom Seep

Tom Seep

Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and Trevor Firefighter’s Association are hosting an Open House to honor Battalion Chief Tom Seep and wish him well in his new endeavor of retirement and to enjoy those things and family he set aside to provide services to this community. Anyone that desires to thank him for his services and dedication to the Community, Trevor Fire Department, and the Town of Salem Fire/Rescue is invited. The open house will take place Sunday, April 27, from 1 to 5 p.m., with presentations at 1:15 p.m. at Town of Salem Station One, Fire/Highway Building, 11252 254th Court, Trevor.

Units responding for crash in Bristol

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At 3:13 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 20100 block of Highway C in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Injuries being reported.

Cody Lane selected for Wisconsin Hilldale Research Fellowship

Cody Lane of Brighton has been selected to receive a 2014-15 Wiscnosn Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship.

“The fellowships are awarded on the basis of a research proposal jointly developed by an undergraduate student and a UW-Madison faculty or research staff member,” explains a letter sent to Lane’s parents.

Lane is in his second year at UW-Madision, but has junior status credit wise.

Western Kenosha County Tennis Association seeks participants for Rally for Life on May 3

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

The Western Kenosha County Tennis Association will be hosting a 24-hour tennis fundraiser event “RALLY FOR LIFE” proceeds to benefit The American Cancer Society of Kenosha County and The Sharing Center. This 24-hour event will take place on Saturday, May 3 at 3 p.m. through Sunday, May 4 at 3 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. Time records will be kept for the longest rally and WKCTA hopes to submit the event for a Guiness Community Record.

Currently, WKCTA is seeking participants for the Rally; it is free to participate. Visit for more information and how to register to be a Rally Participant.

WKCTA is also currently seeking cancer survivors or those currently battling to participate in a “Survivor’s Kick-Off” starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

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

A full list of activities and times will be listed on the Rally For Life page of in the future.

Kenosha County Income Maintenance unit gets top ranking

The Kenosha County Income Maintenance (IM) unit, in partnership with Racine County under the Wisconsin Kenosha Racine Partnership Consortium, achieved the number one ranking for the last two months in most performance categories.

“This was accomplished as the result of the hard work and dedication of our staff and our strong partnership with Racine County,” County Executive Jim Kreuser said.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides weekly reports of individual Consortium performance. In 2012 the State of Wisconsin directed that consortiums be created to administer Income Maintenance programs that include Foodshare, Badgercare, Medical Assistance and Caretaker Supplement. The WKRP Consortium administers IM programs for more than 46,000 households living in the Kenosha and Racine areas. The State of Wisconsin tracks timeliness and service standards in 8 primary areas for all 11 of the State’s current IM Consortia. Timely processing of applications assures that applicants are getting the necessary benefits and services requested in an expeditious manner. The timeliness performance standards range between 7 and 30 days, depending upon the type of program requested. In the category of timely processing of applications, WKRP received a 99% rating. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, many Badgercare Plus (BCP) applications were transferred from the Marketplace to the Consortia for processing starting in February 2014. Between February and March, WKRP received more than 6,000 new BCP applications from the Marketplace and attained 100% for the timely processing of these applications. These BCP applications were in addition to the normal flow of BCP applications that come into the Consortium on a daily basis.

Paddock Lake Arbor Day celebration is April 26


A scene from the 2013 Paddock Lake Arbor Day ceremony. / file photo

Paddock Lake’s Arbor Day celebration will take place Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. at the Village Hall, 6969 236th Ave., Paddock Lake.

Activities will include the planting of a donated tree.

Paddock Lake is a one of 192 municipalities in Wisconsin with the Tree City USA designation, which it has had for 15 years. Holding an Arbor Day celebration is one of the requirements for Tree City USA status.

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

This week’s ad includes  10 for 10 specials and JUmp Into Spring Specials.

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

Central Falcons shooting club week 5 results

/United States Marine Corps photo-Public Domain. Via Wikimedia Commons

/United States Marine Corps photo-Public Domain. Via Wikimedia Commons

Central Falcons shooting club varsity fell to the virtual score 117 to 115 last week.

Top varsity shooters were: Megan Barton and Nicholas Thomey with 24 apiece, Mariano Ruffolo and Nathan Miller with 23 and Dan Heibor with 21.

Junior varsity fell to the virtual score of 101-84.

Top junior varsity shooters were: Paul Halladay with 20, Dustin Hucker with 18, Cameron Markus with 16, Alex King with 15 and Nick Jackley with 15.

Salem giving parking on town roads a look

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/John Ridley photo via stock.xchng

At the prompting of Town Board members, Salem town staff will be looking into how neighboring municipalities handle allowing parking on streets.

Supervisor Mike Culat raised the issue at the Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night. It was said that parking often becomes a problem for family gatherings and such , when residents have multiple guests over and driveways fill-up.

Current town ordinances ban all on-street parking on town roads, said town administrator Patrick Casey.

While acknowledging that the issue might get complicated, some supervisors were enthusiastically in favor of exploring the issue.

“I think we should have one side parking,” said Supervisor Ted Kmiec. “If you have parking on one side, you at least are controlling it.”

But all town roads are not created equal and that could mean determining whether parking could be allowed on a case-by-case basis, officials acknowledged.

“You’ve got a lot of issues here,” Tesar said.

Casey pointed out that “the nice thing about the existing ordinance is that it is black and white.”

In the end the board directed staff to research how parking is regulated in other nearby municipalities.

Parking on town roads also is a current issue in Bristol, where the Village Board is currently considering changes to a blanket ban on parking similar to Salem’s.

Wilmot Shooting Club vs. Waterford results

/United States Marine Corps photo-Public Domain. Via Wikimedia Commons

/United States Marine Corps photo-Public Domain. Via Wikimedia Commons

Wilmot Shooting Club Varsity won last week against Waterford 122 vs.122 winning out by reverse run.

Top 5 Varsity Shooters: Bodey Kaskin, Alicia Dale and Zach Heiselmann with perfect scores; Kyle Pufahl; Aaron Kerkman.

Junior Varsity Shooters lost a close one, 109-114.

Top 5 Junior Varsity shooter:  Ben Epping, Brad Knoll, Alex Siggeman, Matt Kauffman, Issac Thiel.

A word from our sponsors: All-Star Lawn Care can handle your spring yard needs

all-star-lawncare-webWith all this rain the grass will green and grow – but so will weeds.

Now is the time to put down pre-emergent with a boost of nitrogen to keep last year’s crabgrass seeds from activating and stop other weeds from moving in.

Fresh mulch and newly cut edging can also inexpensively increase curb appeal. Aeration and dethatching can drastically improve the health of your lawn when done at the right time of the year.

All-Star Lawn Care can help you with this and all of your other lawn and yard maintenance needs. The company has been locally owned and operated for more than 15 years – specializing not only in maintaining existing yards, but also in the designing and planting of new yards and decorative planting areas.

Owner Mike Rozell can help you choose which plants are appropriate for your budget, landscape and soil type. Cut and trim lawn maintenance plans begin at $15.

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Incorporation committee make-up discussed by Salem Town Board

town-of-salem-sign-webA committee to investigate the town of Salem incorporating as a village will have about 11 to 15 members – including two from the Town Board, Town Board members decided Monday.

But exactly what will be the committee’s charge, how they will fulfill it and when are still to be decided.

Such a committee was suggested by resident Kyle Christensen and approved by the present electors at last week’s annual meeting.

Incorporation as a village would give Salem some additional self-determination powers and eliminate its land from being annexed into neighboring villages, Silver Lake, Paddock Lake and Bristol.

Board members discussed recruiting members various ways but ultimately decided to include an invitation to participate in a news release to be sent to local media and in the town newsletter to be distributed in June.

“Is there a rush? I don’t think there is,” Supervisor Dennis Faber said of waiting for the June newsletter.

Board members discussed requesting a letter of interest including some biographical information from those interested in serving on the volunteer committee.

Town Chairman Diann Tesar said two people have already come forward to say they are interested in serving. Faber said Monday he would be interested in serving in one of the board representative slots.

Diversity in outlooks on incorporation and work/education experience would be ideal, Tesar said.

“I think you need everybody,” Tesar said. “You need the housewife and the engineer.”


Bruce A. Schaal, founding member of Randall FD, dies at 63

Bruce “Ticker” A. Schaal, 63, of Powers Lake, known for his work in local fire and rescue and as a local business leader, died today at the age of 63.

Schaal was a lifetime member of the Twin Lakes Fire Department and Rescue Squad as well as one of the organizers of the Randall Fire Department. He served in several capacities in the Randall department, including chief. He was department treasurer at the time of his death. He was also a scuba diver serving as a member of both the Randall FD and county dive teams. Schaal battled back from very serious injuries in 1998 when he was struck by a boat while diving on Powers Lake.

Schaal was a banker in Twin Lakes for 35 years and also served as president of the Twin Lakes Chamber and Business Association in the 1980s.

At St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Slades Corners, Schaal served on the church council, the stewardship committee and was an usher. He currently was a member of the Randall Ethics Committee.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 26, at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church 39506 60th St. Slades Corners. Inurnment will be in St. John’s Cemetery. The Schaal Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Haase-Lockwood & Assoc. Funeral Home and Crematory in Twin Lakes and from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday.

A full obituary is available here.

Central HS Music Parents to host fundraiser Wed.

music notes-sxc-Robert Proksa_optCentral High School Music Parents Association is hosting a fundraiser at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Wednesday, April 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Twelve percent of the sales that take place during the designated time will be donated to the MPA. Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, is located at 11880 74th Place, Kenosha. Central High School Music Parents Association directly supports the choral, drama and music programs at Central High School.

Units responding for crash in Salem

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At about 5:22 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash at Highway 83 and C in Salem.

Per dispatch: Personnel on the scene say some injuries are being reported.

UPDATE 5:26 p.m. — Salem Fire command reports two vehicles involved — one now on westbound Highway C and one on southbound Highway 83.

Salem School celebrates Read Across America Week

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/Submitted photo

Salem School is celebrating Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Week with many fun and special reading activities. Principal Ben Walshire read a book to students called “Mr. Tanen’s Ties.” This is a story about a school principal who wears silly and fun ties every day until someone tells him to only wear blue ties, and he becomes a different principal. At the end of the story, students were able to make and wear their own silly and fun tie.  Walshire is pictured with  teacher Linda Fisher’s four-year-old kindergarten class.

Deal of the Day: Scully’s Silver Lake Grill $10 gift card half off

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Units responding to report of smoke in Paris

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At 9:29 a.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of smoke in the 3700 block of Highway MB in Paris.

UPDATE 9:40 a.m. — Fire unit on scene reports correct address is 3400 block of Highway MB.

Units responding for crash in Salem

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At about 6:50 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Resue units are responding to a crash in the 12600 block of Antioch Road in Salem.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved and some injuries being reported. Vehicles are in traffic.

Units responding to grass fire in Salem

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At about 12:20 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a grass fire near 260th Avenue and Highway F in Salem.

Deputies at the scene report fire is about a quarter of a mile from the road. Grass rig is responding.

UPDATE 12:48 p.m. — Additional off road fire equipment being dispatched from Twin Lakes Fire Department and Bristol Fire and Rescue.

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