Kiwanis-Club/Sentry brat cookout cancelled for Saturday

The Westosha Kiwanis Club and Marv & Allison’s Sentry hosted Brat Cookout scheduled for Saturday, May 30 has been cancelled due to concerns about poor weather.

A new date for the event is expected to be announced.

A word from our sponsors: Third Annual Tom Paddock Memorial Golf Outing is June 13

tom-paddock-golf-outing-2015-artNote: The Kiwanis Club of Westosha-Salem is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

The Third Annual Tom Paddock Memorial Golf Outing will take place Saturday, June 13 at Bristol Oaks Country Club

16801 75th St, Bristol.

Registration is 9 a.m., tee time is 11 a.m. and dinner is 5:30 p.m.

Format is 4-Person Scramble. Entry fee is $100 per golfer (includes range balls, golf, lunch and dinner).

Contests and prizes include: Hole In One, 50/50, Longest Drive, Closest To Pin, Longest Putt, Golf Ball Drop, Door Prizes, and tons of raffles!

The event will benefit Kiwanis Club of Westosha-Salem and Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin.

A registration form is available here.

Bristol Oaks Country Club is located 2.5 miles west of I-94 on Highway 50.

Units responding for medical problem on I-94

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com


At about 1:02 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department units are responding to an unknown medical problem on I-94.

Per dispatch: Deputies already on the scene of what initially was thought to be a crash, but know is a medical problem. Scene is in the northbound lanes just north of Highway 165.

Traffic access to be restricted along Salem run/walk route on Saturday

An announcement from Salem Public Safety regarding access to roads near Salem School on Saturday:

The Salem Public Safety Office will be assisting the Salem Grade School with its’ 5k run/walk on Saturday, May 30 from 7 a.m. to noon. In the interest of public safety there will be restricted access to Highway AH from the school (Highway 83) west to 256th Avenue  and 256th Avenue South to the Salem Community Park. Officers have been advised that 300 walkers/runners and likely strollers will be participating in this event. Officers will be posted to restrict vehicle traffic during this event and ask that driver’s find alternative routes during this time period other than residents residing in the immediate area.

In addition organizers of the Boy Scout Survival event at Salem Community Park advise to use the following alternate route to reach the park if they find Highway AH still blocked: Due to limited road access to the Salem Community Park for the Troop 328 Survival Challenge, anyone planning on coming out before 90 a.m. should enter the park via 256th Avenue.  This can be accessed from Highway SA, west of Highway 83.

Rain likely today and tonight, then cooler

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

Rain is likely Friday and virtually certain Friday night, the National Weather Service forecast says.

We could use a little rain, but the bigger shock to the system is likely to be the temperatures starting Saturday. After a week of 70s and above, Saturday and Sunday’s high temperatures look to be in the high 50s.

But that dip looks to be temporary. Monday’s high temperature is forecast to be 63 with the 70s to follow and maybe even back to 80 by Thursday.

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.

A word from our sponsors: Wilmot Artisan Market 4th Annual Spring Showcase is May 31

Wilmot_Artisan_marketNote: Wilmot Artisan Market is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Wilmot Artisan Market 4th Annual Spring Showcase will take place Sunday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spring is in full swing and it’s nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party” so stop that spring cleaning and head over to the gallery for a day of fun! Save the Date! Grab your daughter, mother, hubby or some girlfriends and join us for a day of fun! Meet the artists, see new art and watch live demonstrations.

George and Bonnie Evanson will be turning wood. We will have sales and live demonstrations as well.

Wilmot Artisan Market is located at 30723 113th St., Wilmot.

Deaths May 28, 2015: Margaret E. (Marge) Ungemach

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 fire in Paddock Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:21 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a possible fire in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: A caller has reported that the fire appeared to be on the lake at approximately 6900 block of 246th Avenue.

UPDATE 8:28 p.m. — Salem F/R unit on the scene reports that fire is a backyard bonfire near 67th Street and 243rd Avenue. Most units returning to quarters.

UPDATE 8:39 p.m. — Fire extinguished; all remaining units returning to quarters.

Highway 50 under Highway 12 to close next week

hwy-50-closure-in-lg-map-6-2015If you’re planning to head to Lake Geneva Tuesday night or very early Wednesday morning you will be interested in this announcement from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that says Highway 50 will be closed under the Highway 12 bridge:

On Tuesday, June 2 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to close WIS 50 under US 12, in Walworth County. The closure will be from approximately Edwards Blvd., to Grand Geneva Way. This closure is necessary to set girders on the US 12 bridge. Safety to the traveling public is of the utmost priority. The safest way to complete this work is to close the highway underneath. WisDOT has chosen off-peak travel hours to minimize impacts to the traveling public. Westbound WIS 50 traffic will be detoured north on US 12 to the WIS 120 interchange, then back south on US 12 to exit at WIS 50 westbound. Eastbound WIS 50 traffic will go north on Edwards Blvd., continuing west as it turns into Sheridan Springs Road. Continue west on Sheridan Springs Road to County H (Interchange North Road). Go northeast on County H/WIS 120 to WIS 36. Go east on WIS 36 to WIS 83. Go south on WIS 83 to connect to WIS 50 eastbound. A visual representation of the Eastbound WIS 50 detour can be found on 511 Wisconsin at http://projects.511wi.gov/us12wis50/map/ (Click on Detour)

A word from our sponsors: The Diettrich Farm offers unique summer riding camp program and more

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Note: The Diettrich Farm is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH.

The Diettrich Farm, an equine growth and learning center, offers a unique summer riding camp program for children of all ages and experience levels. The week long camp offers lasting benefits. Campers develop confidence, enhance their self-esteem, learn to trust their intuition, develop horsemanship skills, and spend time out enjoying nature. Each day, campers work on their riding and horse care skills. Aside from the grooming and riding, they learn bathing, first aid, barn management, and all the fun activities of life on a farm! Days are packed with lots of horse related games, activities, and guest speakers! Parents are encouraged to join their campers on the last day to enjoy a fun, noncompetitive show to display what they’ve learned throughout the week.

The activity at the Diettrich Farm doesn’t end when the summer does! Lynn Diettrich, founder, has been offering year round boarding, clinics, and lessons since 1987. Horses receive roomy 10 by 10 stalls, daily turnout, and attentive care. There is a spacious indoor arena, or if you prefer the trails, the Diettrich Farm is conveniently located next to the south trail entrance of Bong State Park. Whether you’re a first time rider or have been riding your whole life, the Diettrich Farm has something to offer everyone! To find more information on boarding, lessons, contact information, or to check out summer camp dates, find The Diettrich Farm  on Facebook or check out their website: www.thediettrichfarm.com.

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Pringle Nature Center to host concert and bat program on Saturday

pringle-logoThe Pringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Ave., Bristol will be hosting two events Saturday, May 30.

First, the center will be holding a Stage Opening Concert on Saturday, at 2 p.m. The newest addition to the nature center will be dedicated. Included in the festivities will be a concert by Joan Hammel, who is an award winning professional vocalist who performs live as well as appears in commercials and films, and on television and radio. Tickets: $10.

Later that evening,  the center will be holding a Leave No Child Inside: Batty About Bats! program on Saturday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come learn about the wonderful world of bats – how they use echolocation and how bats eat insects and not people. Participants will also make a bat salad with fruit that is pollinated by bats and see if they can spot any bats. Ages 4 and up.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Call or register online. General Public: $6.

The Pringle Nature Center is located inside Bristol Woods County Park on Highway MB south of Highway C in Bristol.

Michael Kurzer receives Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarship

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The Board of Directors of the Kenosha Community Foundation announced that Michael Kurzer, Westosha Central High School, is among the Kenosha County high school seniors that are recipients of the Herman and Virginia Gundlach Scholarships.

These students will each receive a $3,000 scholarship. Each plans to attend a four-year college or university in Wisconsin as a full time student.

The Gundlach family (Herman Gundlach died in 1996 preceding his wife, Virginia who died in 1978) firmly believed in the virtues of education and in 1995 established the scholarship fund based on his belief that “the scholarship should be for only the first year of college – a chance to get a good start.”

Since 2004, the Kenosha Community Foundation has awarded 113 Gundlach scholarships, totaling over $140,000 to Kenosha area students.

Executive Director Robert Schneider also announced that the Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Foundation’s Cropley Scholarship.

“We invite Kenosha County residents who are currently attending college to apply for our Cropley Scholarships,” said Schneider. The scholarships were established the late Ward Cropley, the former head of classified advertising at the Kenosha News, and his wife Jesse Cropley.

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A word from our sponsors: Westosha Kiwanis Club and Marv & Allison’s Sentry to host brat cookout May 30

brat-sxc_optNote: Westosha Kiwanis Club and Marv & Allison’s Sentry are westofthei.com sponsors. — DH

The Westosha Kiwanis Club and Marv & Allison’s Sentry are hosting a Brat Cookout, Saturday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sentry, 25300 75th St., Paddock Lake in Village Plaza.

$3 Grumpy Brats (choice of brat or Italian sausage) and $4 Grumpy Meals (includes brat or Italian sausage, drink, and choice of potato salad or chips).

All proceeds “for the kids!”

UPDATE May 29: Event has been cancelled due to concerns about poor weather. Check back for a new date

Randall School students participate in Gateway robot competition

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Twelve students from Randall participated in the Gateway Sumo Bot Competition on April 30th at the iMET campus in Sturdevant.

Middle school and high school teams were eligible to participate. This year there were 30 robots at the competition, with some schools bringing as many as 5 from their school.

Randall brought 2 robots, both of them Vex Robotics robots the students designed and constructed to participate in the four events at the competition.

Event #1 was a task event. Each robot had to pick up an unsharpened pencil, sharpen it on something the robot had on its body, draw a line, and then cross the finish line before 2 minutes had lapsed.

Event #2 was a timed slalom course. The bot raced against time, through a marked course. Each team was allowed 2 tries, each team trying to get the best time.

Event #3 was the sumo bot wrestling event. The robots are placed on a 6 foot diameter ring exactly 1 foot apart and equal distance from the center of the ring. The robots are set down parallel to each other and facing opposite directions so that robots had to actively search for the other bot. The goal is for the robots to push the opponent off the ring, each time scoring a point. The most points earned in the time allotted wins the event.

Event #4 was a presentation. Each team had to present to a set of judges the steps and procedures they went through to design and develop their robot. They had to explain the challenges and successes along the way in trying to prepare for the tasks. Each team was required to design a Power Point and display board for this.

Teams attending this event received a t-shirt and lunch compliments of Gateway’s Engineering Programs, Pat Hoppe-Coordinator. Trophies were presented to the winning teams for each category and then overall.

Team members are: Jason Rullman, Mason Worklan, Jacob Erickson, Alex Wank, Emily Hershelman, Celeste Leedle, Dawson Schumacher, Kaldan Kopp, Grady Duffy, Gavin Mortensen, McKinley Boyle, Elliana Zerr.

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Deaths May 27, 2015: James M. Gaul

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!





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.

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, May 28 through Wednesday, June 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 ad also includes a 10 to $10 Candy sale, a $5 Meat Extravaganza Sale and June Dairy Month specials.

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

Units responding for crash in Randall

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:06 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Fire and Rescue and Randall Fire Department units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highway F and 320th Avenue in Randall.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a single vehicle rolled over and still on its roof. Caller told dispatch that driver was out of vehicle and talking.

Deaths May 26, 2015: Lynette R. Nagel

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 smoke from vehicle in Bristol

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 3:10 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to Highway 50 and Highway MB south.

Per dispatch: Response is for a vehicle with smoke coming from it.

UPDATE 3:14 p.m. — Dispatch advises that deputy on scene says smoke has stopped. Bristol FD will respond with an engine on a non-emergency basis.

Boy Scout Troop 328 to host Survival Challenge May 30

boy scouts logoBoy Scout Troop 328 will be hosting a Survival Challenge on Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Salem Community Park.

The public is welcome to attend. It’s not just for boys! Bring your whole family. Learn about Scouting and what Troop 328 does for the community.

Learn how to survive in the wild. Join Troop 328 and the community for an action packed day of hands-on events and learn how to:

  • Build a shelter with just a tarp and ropes.
  • Learn how to build a Survival Kit containing the “10 Essentials.”
  • Start a fire without matches.
  • Learn first aid and treat “fake” wounds.
  • Make stream water drinkable, learn about Camp Food and more.

Free gift for the first 150 youths that complete the challenge.

The challenge wil take place rain or shine; hot dog lunch available for purchase.

For more information call 262-539-3024 and ask for Laura.

Community Park is located on 256th Avenue, 1 /4 mile South of 89th Street (Hwy AH).

Due to limited road access to the Salem Community Park for the Troop 328 Survival Challenge, anyone planning on coming out before 10 a.m. should enter the park via 256th Avenue.  This can be accessed from Highway SA, west of Highway 83.

 

Deal of the Day: Cabana Tan $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! Full conditions available here.

Our offering today is from Cabana Tan in Paddock Lake. Cabana Tan Spa is dedicated to bringing you the most amazing tanning experience in all of SE Wisconsin! Their 3400 square foot facility offers 5 levels of Tanning, Airbrush Tanning, Laser Teeth Whitening, Massage Therapy and A Unique Boutique to shop in. The employees are educated in the indoor tanning industry and eager to customize the perfect tanning package or spa package just for you. Both single sessions and package deals are offered, along with a VIP Club for those year round tanners that want the absolutely lowest price possible with some really great benefits too! Cabana Tan’s private tanning rooms are designed to relax your mind while you achieve the perfect tan. Cabana Tan is open daily to accommodate your busy schedule and their commitment to cleanliness is unsurpassed. The offer today is for a $25 gift certificate for Tanning Beds Only for $13.50 (includes $1.00 processing charge). Certificate expires 4/1/2016.





Lakewood School robotics teams compete at Gateway Technical College-Sturtevant

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Two Lakewood School teams — Team Rocket and Team Shout — competed in their first Robotics Competition sponsored by Gateway Technical College-Sturtevant campus.

The Lakewood teams competed against other middle school students as well as high school students. The students first task was to build the robot from a VEX kit. After this, there were four tasks the teams had to figure out how to accomplish for the competition:

  • Timed speed and agility course.
  • A presentation and poster of how their robot’s design came to be and why it is the best robot for the competition.
  • A timed task — This year the task was to have the bot take a pencil off a cinder block, sharpen it, and then have it draw a 1 inch line on a paper on the floor. The kids only had 2 minutes to accomplish this task and only got 2 tries at it.
  • Sumobot wrestling  — This consisted of 3 min. bouts, double elimination, where the bot’s task was to force the other bot off the table (only 1 inch off ground, 6 ft. diameter).

Team Rocket came home with a 2nd Place overall (out of 30 teams) in Speed and Agility with a time of 38 seconds.

Team members were: Zander Sandstrom, Cade Markee, Kailey McKillip, Devin Moffit, Sean O’Dowd, Zack Jones, Victoria Livingston, Rowan Suhre,
Kieth Nowicki, Allison Clark, Travis Sieple.

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Units responding to Wilmot UHS for medical call

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 10:02 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to Wilmot Union High School for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient is a 15-year-old female who is conscious and having difficulty breathing perhaps due to an asthma attack.

A word from our sponsors: Arbor Hills Nursery LLC offers high quality trees at affordable prices

2015-arbor-hills-post-top-photo-webNote: Arbor Hills Nursery LLC is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Arbor Hills Nursery LLC is a high quality and affordable place to buy your next trees.

Mark and Janet Lesko, Arbor Hills Nursery LLC owners,  provide  personalized service from experienced staff (BS degree Biology: Horticulture, Botany). Questions are answered whether or not a purchase results. Questions are also answered after the purchase, anytime, any subject. The Leskos pride themselves on providing the plain truth and honesty along with customer service second to none.

Trees at Arbor Hills Nursery LLC are grown on site from seedlings, nurtured with care and attention for an average of 6-8 years before the sale.

“I would invite anyone to look at our trees to find fault…they would have to look long and hard,” Mark said.

Low overhead keeps prices low at Arbor Hills Nursery LLC. Currently, Arbor Hills Nursery LLC is offering Scotch Pine, Norway Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce and White Pine. All trees are $10 per foot. (Price list here)

Arbor Hills was founded in 1996 on converted pastureland. The initial concept was to develop a choose and cut Christmas trees business, but quickly Mark and Janet discovered it did not make sense for them to raise the trees with gobs of TLC, only to kill them all. Mark went to small business class, developed a plan for the nursery, gradually obtained the capital equipment ( such as tree spades) and put his plant knowledge to practical use.

“The Lesko family obtains great satisfaction from driving Kenosha, Walworth, and Racine counties, and Lake County, Illinois and seeing our baby trees now gracing people’s lawns and property lines as mature stately specimens,” Janet said.

Arbor Hills Nursery LLC is located on 368th avenue 1.8 miles south of Highway 50. Hours are evenings and weekends or by appointment. Call 262-537-3192
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Warm this week until Saturday; rain later today

hot-thermometer-istockThe National Weather Service Forecast calls for a warm, occasionally wet, week this week with high temperatures firmly in the 70s.

Until Saturday, that is. The high temperature that day is expected to reach just 55 on Saturday and 58 on Sunday.

Rain is most likely later today, with the strongest chance being between 1 and 3 p.m.  Significant chances of thunderstorms are also in the forecast for Friday, Friday night and Saturday.

A word from our sponsors: Wilmot Artisan Market 4th Annual Spring Showcase is May 31

Wilmot_Artisan_marketNote: Wilmot Artisan Market is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Wilmot Artisan Market 4th Annual Spring Showcase will take place Sunday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spring is in full swing and it’s nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party” so stop that spring cleaning and head over to the gallery for a day of fun! Save the Date! Grab your daughter, mother, hubby or some girlfriends and join us for a day of fun! Meet the artists, see new art and watch live demonstrations.

George and Bonnie Evanson will be turning wood. We will have sales and live demonstrations as well.

Wilmot Artisan Market is located at 30723 113th St., Wilmot.

2015 Twin Lakes Memorial Day ceremony (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

tl-memorial-day-2015-1The threat of severe weather caused the cancellation of the annual Memorial Day Parade in Twin Lakes Monday morning, but the true meaning of the day was still recognized at a ceremony at the American Legion Post in Legion Park.

Here are some video highlights of the ceremony:

Here are some photos from the ceremony: Continue reading →

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