Happy Thanksgiving 2014

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All of us at westofthei.com wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Deal of the Day: Breezy Hill Nursery $25 gift card half off

breezy hill nursery 1Have 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 offering is from Breezy Hill Nursery, 7530 288th Ave. Breezy Hill Nursery offers a full line of landscaping and gardening supplies. At this time of year, the feature is the Holiday Gift Gallery. Come browse beautiful displays and get advice from Breezy Hill’s design expert. You are bound to find great gifts and decor for the holidays.

Today’s offer is for a $25 Breezy Hill Nursery gift card that you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). 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!





Genoa City Lions Club bingo is Dec. 2

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Photo by Scott Telle via stock.xchng

The Genoa City Lions Club will be conducting Bingo on Dec. 2, at 332 Fellows Inc. on Fellows Road in Genoa City. Doors open at 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 Dec. 2 will be $471 to a single winner getting a “BlackOut” in 51 calls or less.

The Genoa City Lions Club will not be conducting Bingo on Dec. 16 due to the Brookwood School Christmas Program being held on that night at the school. Bingo will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.

Santa to visit Westosha Senior Center on Dec. 13

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Photo by sullivan via morgueFile.com

The Bristol Fire Department is dropping off Santa at The Westosha Senior Center on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11:a.m.

Santa and his elf will be handing out gifts to the children from 11:a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and other goodies will be available. Caroler’s will be roaming the center.

Please bring your camera for a picture with Santa.

The Westosha Senior Center is located at 19200 93rd St. (Highway C) in Bristol.

For more information call 262-891-3737 or visit www.westoshaseniorcenter.com

Units responding to crash in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:17 a.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 18000 block of Highway 50 (75th Street) in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle involved, which may have rolled over but is back on its wheels again. Occupant reportedly out of vehicle.

UPDATE 9:22 a.m. — Deputy requests response for Highway Department to clean up debris in westbound lanes.

UPDATE 9:26 a.m. — Tow truck requested.

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 Friday, Nov. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 3.

This week’s ad includes no clip coupons. Pick up a paper copy of the weekly ad at the service counter and then have the cashier scan the bar code to get all the big savings you have coming.

This week’s ad also includes a seafood sale.

And don’t forget to check out Marv & Alison’s Sentry Holiday Open House celebration on Thursday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. . There will be free food and wine tasting, prizes, cooking demonstrations and more!

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

Central Falcons Youth Football to hold informational meeting Dec. 10

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Photo by Jason Antony via stock.xchng

Westosha Central Falcons Youth Football will be a youth football team for future Westosha Central football players. The new program will be affiliated with SEYFA and will be playing against other area schools including Waterford, Burlington, and Union Grove. SEYFA is organized by grade level and games are played on Saturday mornings and afternoons. It is an all play league where each player gets the opportunity to play in every game. The season starts after Labor Day and runs until Halloween.

An informational meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the school’s All Purpose Room.

If you are unable to attend please contact Coach Tyson Mengel at: mengelt@westosha.k12.wi.us

Deal of the Day: Hill Country Market $25 gift card for half off

HCMl-west-of-the-i-web-ad-(1)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 offering is from Hill Country Market, 7510 288th Ave, Suite #1, Salem. Hill Country Market features local, organic, and gluten-free grocery products, produce, fine cheese, sausage, wine and beer, gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, deli items, fresh meat, baked goods and more. They believe that fresh, local, and natural ingredients are best. You can even expect to see produce straight from their garden during the growing season. Make sure you visit the tea and coffee bar at Hill Country Market and the deli offering quality meat and cheeses from Boar’s Head. Hungry? Check out Hill Country Market’s unique, made-to-order sandwiches and panini’s as well as salads, soups of the day, fresh baked goods, and more.

Today’s offer is for a $25 Hill Country Market gift card that you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). 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!





Bristol Village Board approves dam inspection

The Bristol Village Board on Monday hired a contractor to conduct an inspection of the dam that forms Lake Shangri-la.

The inspection is being required by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said village administrator Randy Kerkman.

“This is another one of those unfunded mandates from the state,” Kerkman said.

At one time, Kerkman conducted the inspections, but the requirements have become more complex and he now feels it is better to have the inspection done by an expert.

Kerkman said the state seems to be more stringent about dam inspections after the 2008 collapse of a dam at Lake Delton in Sauk County. The Lake Delton failure drained that lake that is in the heart of one of the state’s prime tourist areas. The dam was rebuilt and the lake allowed to refill.

Bristol hired Bloom Companies to do the inspection for $1,995. That inspection report could include items that need to be repaired, and consequently additional cost for the village.

The dam was last inspected two years ago, also by Bloom. Kerkman said he thought that inspection would be good for 4 to 5 years, but recently received notice of the need for a new inspection. He now assumes the inspection will need to be done every two years. Because of the short notice, the inspection was not included in the village budget.

Since Lake Shangri-la straddles the Bristol-Salem border, Kerkman said he will contact Salem about sharing the cost. Salem did contribute to repairs for the dam the last time they were needed, but Kerkman said he was under the impression that cost sharing would not necessarily be approved by Salem in the future. The dam is located on the east side of the lake, near a dead end of 214th Avenue, in Bristol.

Removing the dam would eliminate the need for maintenance, but that would likely drain the lake, Kerkman said.

“That wouldn’t make lakefront property owners very happy,” Kerkman said.

There also is a dam for Lake George, but it is located on private property and therefore not the village’s responsibility, Kerkman said.

Randall School students make bookmarks for veterans

/Submitted photo

/Submitted photo

Randall School students put a personal touch on Veteran’s Day this year.

When our veterans visited Randall to be honored on Nov. 11 with lunch and a school-wide assembly, they will also received hand-made bookmarks crafted by students at Randall.

“Lest we forget” was printed on each bookmark, appropriately printed on the score from America the Beautiful. A poppy, adopted as a national symbol of remembrance, was made with fingerprints of the students themselves.

/Submitted photo

/Submitted photo

Units responding for call along I-94

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 1:43 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the I-94 southbound lanes near Highway 165.

Per dispatch: A caller is reporting car car pulled over ont he shoulder with a person lying on the ground.

UPDATE 1:52 p.m. — Deputies driving through the area have not located the reported scene.

Units responding to Wheatland Center School for medical call

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:22 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to Wheatland Center School for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient is a 10-year-old student who slipped on ice.

Snow update and weather-related crashes summary

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Art by Agata Urbaniak via stock.xchng

We measured an additional .75 inch of accumulated snow at westofthei.com headquarters in Paddock Lake. That brings the total for the snowfall that started Monday late morning and ended Tuesday morning to 2.25 inches.

The only additional snow in the immediate forecast is a 30 percent chance on Wednesday night and a 30 percent chance on Friday.

Here is some information on Sheriff’s Department activity during the snowfall:

  • 43 calls for service for cars in the ditch etc.
  • 19 calls for service for crashes with property damage only.
  • 6 calls for service for crashes with injuries.

Old Fashion Christmas theme for Senior Fellowship Time on Dec. 3

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Photo by Graham Soult via stock.xchng

Westosha Community Senior Fellowship Time will take place Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. at Wilmot United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 11425 Fox River Road, Wilmot.

Program for the day will be Old Fashion Christmas Party. Bring your memories or pictures of how you spent Christmas. There will be free bingo with prizes and refreshments.

Call 862-6366 for more info. Co-sponsored with Living Waters Ministries

Bristol Village Board approves contract for paramedic service

bristol-fd-flag-logo-webThe Bristol Village Board on Monday unanimously approved a contract that will bring paramedic level emergency medical service to village residents through the fire department.

The board approved a contract extension with Metro Paramedics that includes the upgrade in service.

The village has already been contracting with Metro for emergency medical services personnel to ensure someone is always available to respond to medical calls in the village since 2013. Metro had been providing personnel working at a EMT-I99 level.

With the approval of the contract, those individuals who already work for Bristol, will now be able to work as paramedics, said Chief Peter Parker. That represents a higher level of EMS care.

The cost will be about $12,000 more for the first year. However, Parker pointed out that the village’s tax levy is not increasing for 2015 despite the increase due to savings found in the fire department and throughout the village government. The board in October passed a tax levy of $927,246, the same amount as for 2014.

The original contract with Metro was due to expire in February, but the action Monday extends it to 2017.

Trustee John McCabe expressed concern about rising costs for the program of about 3 percent per year. A Metro representative said the increases are in anticipation of raising employee costs, such as insurance and pay.

“I’m just concerned about our cost going up,” McCabe said.

Trustee Carolyn Owens questioned why if a new contract for new service was being considered there was not a bidding process.

“Normally, I think we would go out for bid for something like this,” Owens said. “I guess I don’t understand why we didn’t go out for bid.”

Parker replied that the action on Monday was for a contract extension, not a new contract. Rebidding also could mean starting from scratch on the contract EMS personnel, when he has been happy with Metro and the current personnel working in  Bristol.

“We want to keep the same personnel here,” Parker said.

Parker said many of the department personnel that are not part of the Metro agreement also have paramedic level training they will now be able to use.

 

Snow update: 1.5 inches in Paddock Lake

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Photo by ilker .via stock.xchng

With snow starting about 11:20 a.m., we measured about 1.5 inches of snow accumulation at westofthei.com headquarters in Paddock Lake at about 3:30 p.m.

The snow was wet and fairly heavy shoveling.

The most recent National Weather Service forecast at 5:49 p.m., calls for another inch of snow accumulation overnight and a low temperature of 20 degrees.

There’s a 20 percent  chance of some more snow Tuesday, Wednesday and Wednesday night.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 a.m.

Units responding for crash under I-94

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:17 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash along Highway 142 under I-94 in Paris.

Per dispatch: One vehicle involved. One person reporting an injury.

Units responding for crash in Twin Lakes

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 2:37 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue and Randall Fire Department units and Twin Lakes Police officers are responding to a report of a crash on Highway KD south of Highway C in a border area between Twin Lakes and Randall.

Per dispatch: One person reporting an injury so far.

UPDATE 2:43 p.m. — Personnel at scene determine that scene is in Randall. Randall FD and Twin Lakes Rescue will respond.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m. — Police officers on scene report scene is in Twin Lakes, but fire/EMS response will remain with Randall FD and Twin Lakes Rescue.

UPDATE about 2:52 p.m. — Police request tow truck for vehicle, which is off the road.

Central High School cancels activities, practices

Central High School has made the following announcement:

“Due to the weather and poor road conditions on many county roads, all after school activities have been canceled.”

This includes all athletic team practices.

Units responding to crash in Paris

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2:08 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash along Highway 45, just north of Highway 142 in paris.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle involved; one person may have a head injury.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m. — Arriving fire unit reports single vehicle has left the road and struck a tree.

UPDATE 2:34 p.m. — Fire and rescue units clearing the scene.

Units responding to crash on I-94

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 1:35 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash in the northbound lanes of I-94 near Highway 142 for a crash.

Per dispatch: One patient at the scene.

Paddock Lake seeking 2014 holiday parade participants

pl-holiday-2013-7Paddock Lake is seeking participants for its second annual Lighted Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 20.

The 2014 theme is Frozen (decorating to the theme is not required but encouraged).

The village welcomes entries of all sizes, shapes, forms and categories. A traveling trophy will be awarded for “most creative” entry. An “ugly Christmas sweater” award also will be given out.

The parade starts at 4 p.m., with lineup at 3:30 p.m. The parade will start at McAlonan Park on 248th Avenue and head north to 61st Street, then east to 236th Avenue and then north to Village Hall. Santa will be in the parade. Pictures with Santa and a tree lighting will take place at Village Hall after the parade.

More information and a registration form is available here. You also can call Tim Popanda or Michelle Shramek at 843-2713 for more information.

 

Wheatland Fire Department Auxiliary to host Santa on Dec. 7

A scene from the 2013 event.

A scene from the 2013 event.

Town of Wheatland Fire Department Auxiliary will host Pictures with Santa  from 10 a.m.  to 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Town of Wheatland Fire Department, 34011 Geneva Road, New Munster.

There will be hot chocolate cookies, crafts, and the kids will be able to explore the fire trucks with the firefighters.

Winter weather advisory issued

snow-sxc-webThe National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for our area.

The advisory will be in effect from 1 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Snow accumulation should begin this afternoon as rain turns to snow, with the local forecast calling for up to 3 inches of snow by tomorrow morning.

Temperatures will be dropping and roads may become snow covered and slippery, the advisory states. Blowing snow may be most hazardous on rural north-south roadways.

There is a 40 percent chance of snow Tuesday, but no accumulation expected. Lesser chances of snow persist in the forecast through Friday.

UPDATE 11:27 a.m. — Snow coming down in earnest a couple of hours early at least!

Deaths Nov. 23, 2104: Tammy M. Henning

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 →

Snow in forecast for Monday and Monday night

snowflakepaper-mf-sideshowmomThe warm, rainy weather from Sunday should change to colder and snowy weather Monday, says the local National Weather Service forecast.

Rain is expected to continue tonight, transitioning to snow after 1 p.m., Monday and be all snow after 2 p.m. Total accumulation could be 1 inch during the day.

Snow is expected to continue Monday night with another 1 to 2 inches of snow possible.

St. Alphonsus School hosting Cookie Walk on Dec. 13

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Photo by jdurham via morgueFile.com

St. Alphonsus School is once again hosting its “Cookie Walk”.

Thousands of delicious homemade Christmas cookies will be sold at this event. The Cookie Walk will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out). Doors open at 9 a.m. The event will take place at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church’s Biersack Center, 6211 344th Ave. in New Munster, WI.

“This event is a great kick-off to the holiday season. Save time during this busy holiday season by purchasing a wide variety of homemade cookies at the Cookie Walk. We promise we won’t tell anyone you didn’t bake the cookies yourself,” said Erin Decker, event coordinator.

Cookies will be sold for $8.95 per pound. If you have any questions or would like to pre-order cookies, please contact St. Alphonsus at 262.537.4379 x 240.

Units responding to accident

4:55 p.m. – Salem Fire and Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue are responding to a rollover accident in the 30700 block of Hwy 50.

5:00 p.m. – Witness reports SUV hit median.  Report from scene; one patient, out of the vehicle no extrication required.  Northeast lanes of Hwy 50 are blocked.

Community Library announces holiday closings

community-library-logoAll Community Library branches, Salem, Silver Lake, and Twin Lakes will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Regular hours at Salem and Twin Lakes will resume on Friday, Nov. 28. The Silver Lake location is closed on Fridays but will resume hours on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Central HS ABS to host Father-Daughter Dance for charity Dec. 5

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Central High School’s Association of Business Students is hosting its 4th annual Father-Daughter Dance on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the school.

Cost is $15 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. The event will include music, dancing, photos, a DIY candy table, beading tables and raffle prizes.

If dad is unable to attend, uncles, grandfathers and father figures are encouraged to come.

Proceeds from the dance will benefit March of Dimes and MDA.

Click here for more information and to pre-order tickets.

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