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

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

Wisconsin Emissions Tests can now be done at Wilmot Auto Service.

The test is free to you. Call 862-6300 for an appointment. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Wilmot Auto Service, Inc is an independent auto repair shop and has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals.

Dwayne & Cindy Garwood are the owners and Dwayne is an ASE Master technician and has been in the automotive repair business for over 25 years, 15 of these years have been in Wilmot. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 63 years in business. He employs ASE certified and ASE master technicians. Dwayne’s commitment to you has always been to offer the highest quality, honest and friendly auto service.

Wilmot Auto Service offers a variety of services like alignments, brakes, tires, timing belts, check engine lights and state inspections. They can be reached at 262-862-6300. They are located at 11307 Fox River Rd. Wilmot, WI 53192 with the BP gas station in downtown Wilmot. www.wilmotautoservice.com

Paris opposes sidewalks at new Highway 142-45 intersection


Roundabout or not, the Paris Town Board does not want to see sidewalks installed by the state Department of Transportation at the Highway 45 and Highway 142 intersection.

The board unanimously approved a resolution to that effect at last week’s Town Board meeting.

The resolution referenced state administrative code that “permits an authority to omit sidewalks from a highway construction or reconstruction project if the local governmental unit refuses to agree in writing to maintain them and provided that all of the following apply”:

  • There are no sidewalks in the highway system under the authority’s jurisdiction.
  • The city, village, town or county has no ordinance that requires the installation of sidewalks or that requires the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks.
  • The city, village, town or county lacks sufficient equipment for the efficient removal of snow or ice from sidewalks.

All of those conditions do apply to Paris, town officials said.

This action appears to carry a little more weight in the process than the roundabout opposition passed by the board about a year ago, since the sidewalk exemption is referenced in the administrative code.

State DOT officials have said federal regulations require the consideration of sidewalks and bike paths for the project, unless the exemptions apply.

State officials have said construction on the project is scheduled to begin in 2020 as part of a plan to reconstruction Highway 45 from Highway 50 north to Highway 11.

Here is the entire resolution.

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Big dip in temperature today, but just today

hot-thermometer-istockToday’s temperature will not feel like yesterday.

Yesterday’s high reached 80 degrees at the Kenosha Airport.

Today, the high temp is expected to reach just 58 today, a one day swing of 22 degrees, the National Weather Service forecast says.

If you not a fan of the chill, there’s good news for you yet. High temperatures are expected to be back in the 70s and 60s after today, at least before Saturday.

Deaths Sept. 29, 2014: Louis A Giacomin

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

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

Units responding for vehicle fire in Randall

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue and Randall Fire Department units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a vehicle fire at Highways C and HM in Randall.

UPDATE 2:05 p.m. — Per dispatch: Driver is out of the vehicle. Twin Lakes Police officers responding too.

UPDATE 2:06 p.m. — Officers on scene report smoke in vehicle and flames visible from under the hood.

UPDATE 2:19 p.m. — Tow truck being requested.

Oct. 12 breakfast at Central HS to benefit music student trips

pancakes-eggs-sausage-istock-webCentral High School performing arts students and their supporters will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser on Oct. 12 from 7 a.m. to noon.

Enjoy delicious pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. Cost: Ages 10 and up $7, ages 5-9 $4 and children 4 and under free.

Proceeds will benefit the bands/choirs competing at Walt Disney World.

For more information contact the CHS Music Dept: 843-2321 x252.

Central High School is located at 24617 75th St. (Highway 50), Paddock Lake.

Western Kenosha County Historical Society History Open House is Oct. 5

This image is from 1908 and is of Holy Name of Jesus church immediately north of the Cemetery on the hill at Hwy C and B n Wilmot. The clapboard building burned in 1913 presumably started by lightning strike.​ It was west of the path near the top of the hill to the cemetery.​ /Contributed photo, used with permission of Western Kenosha County Historical Society

This image is from 1908 and is of Holy Name of Jesus church immediately north of the Cemetery on the hill at Hwy C and B n Wilmot. The clapboard building burned in 1913 presumably started by lightning strike.​ It was west of the path near the top of the hill to the cemetery.​ /Contributed photo, used with permission of Western Kenosha County Historical Society

Western Kenosha County Historical Society is again hosting a History Open House on Sunday, Oct. 5, noon until 5 p.m. at Miller Park of Trevor, 25905 114th St., Trevor. ​This is a free, casual, inside, outside affair.

The society will be dedicating the new Display Building at 1 p.m .

All through the event, many things will be featured including the 1880′s Twin Oaks Schoolhouse​ classes​, the 19​18 Fort Sheridan Barracks​ (our history hall​)​, quilting, bee keeping, trains, ​early farm tools and techniques, blacksmithing, ​hit ‘N miss engines and rope making. There will be some treats and games for kids to play. There will be something for everyone to explore.

Town of Salem Fire/Rescue members will be participating as well and will have their 1934 fire engine ​on display ​and will share their own long and prominent history​ of service to the community and promotion of safety in our every day lives.​.

The society welcomes all and can be reached at wkenoshachs@gmail.com

Units responding for report of fire in Twin Lakes

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 11:49 a.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units and Twin Lakes Police officers are responding to a report of a possible fire in a residence in the 4200 block of Anna Avenue in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: Caller reports burning smell and hearing popping. A cable company crew is also at the scene.

UPDATE 11:52 a.m. — Randall Fire Department being requested to respond to the scene as well.

UPDATE 12:04 p.m. — Fire units clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

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

Have 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: www.homeagainrestaurant.com 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!





Wesley Chapel’s annual chicken dinner is Oct. 19

/photo by Roger Kirby via freeimages.com

/photo by Roger Kirby via freeimages.com

Wesley Chapel’s annual chicken dinner will take place Sunday, Oct. 19.

Dining will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Advance adult and carryout tickets are $10. Adult and carryout tickets purchased at the door are $11. Advance children 6-12 tickets are $5. Children 6-12 tickets  purchased at the door are $6. Children 5 and under are free. The dinner is family style dining. Carryouts are available. The building is accessible to people with disabilities.

The event also will include a bazaar, bake sale, and silent auction.

Wesley Chapel is located on Highway U between Highways Q and C in Bristol.

Results of 2014 girls tennis conference at Central HS

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Photo by Ruth Livingstone via stock.xchng

The 2014 Southern Lakes Conference varsity girls tennis conference tournament was held at Central High School late last week.

Players from Wilmot Union High School and host Central competed in singles and doubles.

The tournament wrapped up the conference season and set conference team finishes for the season.

Burlington and Badger tied at the conference tournament, with each school earning 27.5 points.

In dual competition during the season, Burlington was undefeated and thus is the 2014 Southern Lakes Conference Champion. The order of finish in conference (combined dual and tournament points) are listed below.

1. Burlington (27)
2. Badger (25)
3. Union Grove (18)
4. Waterford (16)
4. Westosha (16)
6. Wilmot (8)
7. Elkhorn (4)
8. Delavan-Darien

Top finishers from Central in the conference tournament were: Brieanna Bostanche, second, singles #1; Katrina Bostanche, second, #2 singles; Anna Finnemore, sixth, singles #3; Maria Salerno and Stephanie Dopuch, second, doubles #2; Kate Neave and Jessica Vela, third, doubles #3.

Top finishers from Wilmot in the conference tournament were: Bella Anderson, sixth, singles #1; Kristen Jaeger, sixth, singles #2; Lauren Brandel, fifth, singles #3; Becca Boyle, fifth, singles #4; Kalley McCormick and Savannah Niewerth, sixth, doubles #1.

Lakewood School, Subway, Community Library team up for Sub-merge Yourself in Reading Sept. 30

Subway Sandwich 2On Sept. 30, Lakewood School has partnered with Subway and the Community Library in Twin Lakes for a Sub-merge Yourself in Reading Event.

10% of all Twin Lakes Subway sales from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be donated to the teachers to purchase classroom books. Customers must state they are from Lakewood at time of purchase to receive the credit.

Twin Lakes Subway is located at 110 S. Lake Ave., Twin Lakes.

The library, adjacent to Subway, will open its meeting room up from 4 to 6 p.m. so families can eat there and check out all the library has to offer.

Furndraiser to assist A Dog for Troy effort

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Photo by kahle via morgueFile.com

On Sunday, Oct. 12 from 3-6 pm, a 2nd benefit fundraiser is scheduled to assist A Dog for Troy.

A Dog for Troy is an effort to help 11 year old Troy and his family raise funds for a psychiatric service dog. The event will be held at Coins Sports Bar in Kenosha, which is located at 1714 52nd St.

Troy lives in Burlington on a small farm with his adoptive mom and siblings – a sister, 15, and younger brother, 8. All three entered foster care in 2007 and were adopted in November 2009. Both Troy and his sister suffer from chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of severe abuse and trauma before being placed in foster care. Troy suffers from night terrors, flashbacks, depression and struggles with appropriate behaviors because of the trauma and PTSD.

Troy’s family is working with Canines 4 Hope in Florida to have a psychiatric service dog trained for Troy. The service dog will not only provide Troy with comfort, but will assist him when he is struggling with flashbacks and reminders of his past.

Tickets for the event are $7 and include food and drink. Additional activities include several raffles, silent auction, bake sale and more. Monetary donations are also accepted at: http://www.youcaring.com/other/a-dog-for-troy/180439. Donations are also accepted at any Educators Credit Union location. Please reference the A Dog for Troy account.

In addition to attending the event, people can also volunteer at the event or donate items for the raffles, bake sale and silent auction. Please call/email Rose Skora if you have questions about the benefit or would like to make donations or volunteer at rose.skora@yahoo.com or 262-806-7175.

Units responding for report of fire in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:30 a.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Antioch Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department units are responding to a report of a fire in the 18900 block of 101st Avenue in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Caller is reporting something may be on fire under a home.

UPDATE 9:35 p.m. — Bristol FD command units on the scene reports no signs of fire showing from exterior.

A word from our sponsors: Sept. 28, 2014 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors.

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

24510 84TH ST, SALEM

23115 84TH ST, SALEM

27211 85TH PL #H2, SALEM

11325 306TH CT, SALEM

9000 226TH CT #7B, SALEM

8439 234TH AVE, SALEM

The Sharing Center founder pays visit to agency in Trevor

The Sharing Center executive director Sharon Pomaville and center founder Rick Fors.

The Sharing Center executive director Sharon Pomaville and center founder Rick Fors.

Some 31 years ago, Rick and Kathy Fors started The Sharing Center in Wheatland, as a way to help people going through a rough patch get back on their feet.

Though the Fors have not been actively involved in the relief organization since the late 1990s, the organization continues to serve the purpose of its founders. And Rick Fors knows that for sure, because he visited the center’s current headquarters in Trevor Saturday.

“I am so thrilled,” Fors said of what he saw. “There’s no way I can can communicate how thrilled. I have no words.”

The Sharing Center provides an emergency food pantry, hygiene supplies, clothing, household items, winter outerwear, school supplies, employment resources, Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets and other services to in-need Western Kenosha County residents.

Fors can relate to that wide range of services. When he and Kathy decided to open the center, they thought they would just open a food pantry. An organization providing relief services in Kenosha heard about their efforts and leaders there expressed skepticism that they would be able to keep that narrow focus. And they were right. Within weeks, the Fors found that people who were in need of food were in need of other things too and the mission expanded. They provided clothing and other help, such as a lot of advice about dealing with landlords, even accompanying clients to court proceedings.

The Fors approach was always to try to give people a leg up so they could get their lives back in order. So along those lines, the center provided 10 days of food when other organizations often provided one at a time. But they limited those distributions to three a year, with an additional one at the discretion of the director.

Fors reconnected with the center recently through indirect means. Fors, who now lives in Florida for the winter and back up north in New London for the summer, was passing through Trevor and looked for the center. He didn’t see it in its new headquarters in the old Trevor fire station, but did look up the group on the internet.

“I felt I was behind on my tithe and so I made a donation,” said Fors, who added that he defines tithe as not just for church but also for other good works.

Current Sharing Center executive director Sharon Pomaville recognized the name and reached out to Fors, wanting to meet the center’s surviving founder. Saturday, the center hosted a brunch with current and past board of directors members and Fors, along with some Fors family members.

Many organizations like The Sharing Center don’t seem to survive the point where the founders are no longer involved. But Fors said he is proud that The Sharing Center has bucked that trend and has carried on.

“It reaffirms to me that it was something God wanted,” Fors said.

 

Units responding for report of barn fire in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:19 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Town of Salem Fire and Rescue, Paris Fire and Rescue and Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units and Sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a barn on fire in the 16100 block of Highway 50 in Bristol.

UPDATE 7:21 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports this is a controlled field burn with someone supervising the fire.

UPDATE 7:23 p.m. — All fire units except for Bristol FD units are being told to stand down.

Salem Fire needed for mutual aid

4:42 pm – Salem Fire and Rescue has been requested for mutual aid with Silver Lake to a motor vehicle accident at 29501 Hwy F.

Pringle Nature Center to host Mushroom in the Rain story time hike

mushroom-sxc-Vivek-ChughPringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Ave., Bristol will be having a Nature Story Time Hike: Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10-11 a.m.

Participants will hear a story about a rain-soaked ant that takes refuge under a mushroom, which expands to shelter several of his waterlogged friends. After the story, participants will head out for a hike with activities tied to the story. This program is free.

The Pringle Nature Center is located inside Bristol Woods County Park.

Turning a Hobby into a Business subject of Wilmot UHS outreach class Oct. 14

Turning a Hobby into a Business will be the subject of a Wilmot High School Community Outreach program on Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Pizza starting at 6 p.m.)

Explore if what you do for fun or as a hobby could turn into a profitable business. This class will focus on examining the feasibility of your business idea, exploring ways to market the product or service, and identify resources for starting your business.

Instructor for this program is Roseann Shales, of Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation.

The program will be held at Wilmot High School Community Room, Room 180. The program is for individuals 18 years of age and over.

Participants should bring pen and paper. Pre-registration is required for all classes.

For more information and a class waiver form go here.

Questions? Email thelenp@wilmoths.k12.wi.us or call 262-82-2351 ext 318.

Deaths Sept. 26, 2014: Donna R. Lazzare, Shirley A. McIntyre

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 →

Sheriff’s Dept to handle election related complaints in Silver Lake

In the wake of vandalism to some campaign signs this week, the Silver Lake Police Department has announced that complaints related to the upcoming Nov. 4 election will be investigated by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

Silver Lake Police Chief Andrew Trudeau issued the following statement today:

I would like to inform the citizens of Silver Lake that I have personally spoken with Sheriff David Beth about our upcoming election on November 4th, 2014. Given recent complaints and citizen’s concerns over campaign related issues, we have agreed that the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department will handle political campaign sign or related issues as needed. Our goal is to reassure the citizens of Silver Lake that our department will be impartial, not allowing either side to use law enforcement as a platform to further a political cause. Our department strives to be responsive and professional, not succumbing to politically motivated issues surrounding us at this time.”

On Thursday, the SLPD received complaints of three pro-dissolve yard signs being vandalized with spray paint, Trudeau said. Further investigation of the area found spray paints marks on streets and two traffic signs as well.

Village residents will be voting in a referendum Nov. 4 on whether to dissolve the village government.

Genoa City Lions Club hosting bingo Oct. 7

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Photo by Scott Telle via stock.xchng

The Genoa City Lions Club will be conducting Bingo on Oct. 7, at 332 Fellows Inc. on Fellows Road in Genoa City.

Doors open 5 p.m., Early-Bird Bingo starts at 6 p.m., Regular Bingo starts at 6:45 p.m., Progressive Jackpot Bingo starts at 9 p.m.

Progressive Jackpot for Oct. 7, will be $1,720 to a single winner getting a “BlackOut” in 60 calls or less.

Central HS’s Diaz finishes 10th at second mountain bike race of 2014

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The second NICA high school mountain bike race for the year took place at Iola Winter Park in Iola Sunday.

Aaron Diaz, a Central High School junior, finished 10th out of 25 JV riders. Central’s Riley Kaebisch started the race,  but didn’t finish.

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Bristol School PTA seeing vendors/crafter for fair in Dec.

Bristol School PTA is hosting it s third Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor fair on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to -3 p.m. Eighth grade parents will also be hosting a pancake breakfast during this event. There will a visit from Santa, and a performance by the Jazz band.

Organizers are currently seeking vendors and crafters for the fair. Please visit Bristol School PTA for more information and an application or call Jennifer Scheele at 608-732-0797 with questions.

Dense fog advisory in effect this morning

fog 12-21-2011-1_optA dense fog advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for our area this morning.

The advisory will be in effect until 9 a.m.

Areas of dense fog may reduce visibility to a quarter of a mile of less, the advisory states.

After the fog, it should be a very nice day, with a high temperature of 74, mostly sunny skies and a  5 mph wind.

Back to the drawing board for Lilly Lake boat launch project


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A process that could result in a new public boat launch at Lilly Lake is going back to the drawing board.

The Wheatland Town Board on Monday rejected two bids for the project after learning that the state Department of  Natural Resources preferred a different construction.

The town had applied for a DNR Recreational Boating Facilities Grant. Project cost was estimated at $58,050. The grant is for 50 percent or $29,025.

The actual bids received to complete the project in 2014 were:

  • Corporate Contractors, Inc. – $119,660.
  • Terra Engineering & Construction – $134,995.

Both of these bids proposed coffer dams and poured slab construction, which was preferred by board members.

However, the DNR has expressed a preference for pre-cast section construction with a turbidity barrier instead of dam since it has less environmental impact.

Besides rejecting the bids, the board decided to rebid the project with slab and precast alternatives as work to be done in 2015.

The board is planning for a 40-feet long, 14-feet wide launch.

Deaths Sept. 25, 2014: Delbert L. Benedict

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 →

Deal of the Day: Luisa’s $25 gift card half off

Have 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! Our offering today is from Luisa’s Restaurant, 317th Avenue and Highway 50 in Wheatland. Luisa’s is the place for a taste of Italian & American cuisine. Known for their pizzas, their classic thin crust is legendary! For the hearty appetite they can prepare pan or stuffed pizza and they dare you to try to eat more than one piece! Luisa’s menu doesn’t stop at pizza. They also feature pasta dishes, sandwiches, burgers and more. Their Friday Fish Fry is a hit with the locals and be sure to check out the daily specials. The offered gift card is for $25, which we are selling for $13.50 (includes $1 processing charge). Card 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!





A word from our sponsors: St. Alphonsus to host Fish Boil Sept. 26

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Photo by publicprivate via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

Note: St. Alphonsus School  advertised this event on westofthei.com. — DH

St. Alphonsus School will host a Fish Boil on Friday, Sept. 26, at the St. Alphonsus Parish Center, New Munster.

Serving will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Includes all you can eat boiled fish, potatoes, onions, carrots, coleslaw, dessert, milk & coffee. Grilled cheese sandwiches also will be available.

Advanced tickets are available in the school office. Ticket prices: Adults (12 & older) $11.00 in advance, $11.50 at the door; Children (4-11) $5.00 in advance, $5.50 at the door; 3 and under Free.

Carry outs will be available.

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