Power outage in area

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At about 2:10 power is out at westofthei.com headquarters in Paddock Lake.

We Energies is reporting seven outages centered between Burlington and Paddock Lake effecting over 1,600 customers.

Units responding for burning in Randall

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At about 11:52 a.m., Randall Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to report of burning in the 8900 block of 388th Avenue (Highway P) in Powers Lake.

Per dispatch: Burning occurring near the roadway.

UPDATE 11:58 a.m. — Rescue being held in quarters.

A word from our sponsors: “Crafts in the Woods” arts and crafts show at YMCA Camp MacLean is Nov. 25

Note: YMCA Camp MacLean is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

YMCA Camp MacLean will host the 24th annual “Crafts in the Woods” arts and crafts show on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Over 50 crafters will be exhibiting in William L. Rust Lodge and 21 cabins.

Admission is $4 ages 12 and Up and $1 ages 6-11. Admission includes parking and shuttle.

Don’t Mrs. Claus’ Coffeehouse with cakes, candy and treats. There also will be a craft raffle and lunch and bake sale.

Proceeds from the sale help fund the summer camp scholarship program.

YMCA Camp MacLean is located at 31401 Durand Ave (County Highway E), one mile wast of Burlington.

Come spend the day “In the Woods.”

Deaths Nov. 19, 2017: Lyle P. Quick

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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:

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Gateway Technical College students work with ash trees in Silver Lake Park

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Gateway Technical College horticulture students were in Silver Lake County Park this week working on the park’s dead ash trees.

From a news release from the county’s Department of Public Works & Development Services-Division of Parks:

A unique partnership earlier this week turned a rural Kenosha County park into a real-world laboratory for students in Gateway Technical College’s Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Program. Students were at Silver Lake Park on Tuesday, working on the proper notching, felling and cleanup of dead ash trees that needed to be removed from the park. Two industry experts were on hand for the removal: Cary Shepherd, a national chainsaw safety and operation trainer for Husqvarna, and Dave Schneider, district operations manager for SavATree. Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser said the partnership with Gateway is an excellent example of public entities working together for mutual benefit. “This was a perfect scenario, where the county needed hazardous trees removed, and Gateway needed a place to show students how to safely perform this important work,” Kreuser said. “When we see opportunities where we can help our partners in government and education, and they can help us, it’s in everybody’s best interests to work together.” Aaron Schauer, instructor and program director of Gateway’s Arboriculture/Urban Forestry program, led the students in Tuesday’s lesson. “This collaboration offers a great opportunity for our students to be able to apply what they’ve learned in a real-world situation,” Schauer said. “We really can’t be cutting down the trees on our campus, so having the ability to remove dead trees from the park is a win-win. It helps the students gain valuable experience in their education and career, as well as give back to the community.” The students removed six trees from the park on Tuesday. Schauer said he hopes to return his class to county parks in the future. Matthew Collins, Kenosha County Parks director, praised the county’s alliance with Gateway. “It’s great to see another generation of students learning how to properly manage our natural resources through Gateway’s Urban Forestry associate degree program,” Collins said. “Our Kenosha County Parks system is always looking for creative partnerships, and we’re glad that we can collaborate with Gateway not only to help manage our tree population, but also to host hands-on instruction for their students.” About Kenosha County Parks: Established in 1927, the Kenosha County Parks system offers more than 1,500 acres of managed recreational land at eight parks dotted across the county, plus 14 miles of paved cycling trails. About the Gateway Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Program: Gateway’s Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician associate degree provides the hands-on skills and natural resource education for graduates to enter the exciting career field of arborists, urban foresters and related occupations. Gateway is only one of two technical colleges in Wisconsin to offer training in this field.

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Units responding for crash in Slades Corners

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At about 1:40 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash at Old Highway 50 (Geneva Road) and 352nd Avenue (Highway KD) in Slades Corners.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved.

UPDATE 1:43 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports several individuals reporting injuries. He also reports large amount of debris.

UPDATE 1:44 p.m. — Silver Lake Rescue Squad dispatched to respond with an additional ambulance.

UPDATE 2:07 p.m. — Tow trucks requested for both vehicles.

A word from our sponsors: Nov. 19, 2017 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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

646 Crosswind Ln, , IL

25136 83rd Pl, Salem

11314 Bristol Rd, Bristol

2403 136th Ave, Kenosha

4524 2 Mile Rd, Franksville

20225 82nd St, Bristol

Deaths Nov. 18, 2017: Joseph J. Welch, Jared Eppers, Charlene “Char” Lois

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Wheatland Center School students awarded first at Fluid Power Challenge at Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Students from Wheatland Center School participated in the Fluid Power Challenge at Milwaukee School of Engineering recently and four were awarded a first place.

From a news release from the school:

A group of four Wheatland students successfully navigated the Fluid Power Challenge at MSOE and were awarded first place in the portfolio potion of the competition. Eighth graders Grace Curran, Ryan Denko, Rebecca Rainey, and Ole Hanson were recognized out of approximately 40 teams from around Southeastern Wisconsin for their portfolio excellence. Eight teams from Wheatland participated and gained valuable experience in the design challenge. The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering introduced students to the world of engineering and fluid power during an on-campus workshop in October where they built a pneumatic lifter. After creating prototypes in their home districts, they returned to campus to apply their knowledge and compete against other teams in a timed challenge The Wheatland teachers involved in the planning and preparation for this challenge were Kandi Horton, Amy Hanson, and Megan Zirbel. Mrs. Horton explained the challenge this way, “The Fluid Power Challenge engaged students in a month long designing and engineering project in Hydraulic and Pneumatic power.  Students constructed a machine that would grab, lift, and rotate an object using fluid power.  Along with the physical machine, students were to keep detailed notes, drawings, and iterations of their prototypes, along with conclusions about their designs in a portfolio that was evaluated by a panel of judges.  This truly was an all-
encompassing STEAM project integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math” Through the challenges, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies. The program is sponsored by Enerpac, FORCE America, Grimstad, GS Global Resources, HUSCO International, Poclain Hydraulics, Price Engineering, Rexroth Bosch Group, Ritter Technology LLC, Sun Hydraulics, Thomas Magnete, TTP an API Heat Transfer Company, Webtec and ZF Industries. NFPA provides a forum for the fluid power industry’s channel partners—manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, customers and educators. Its 335+ U.S. and multinational members work cooperatively in advancing hydraulic and pneumatic technology through the association’s many programs and initiatives. Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders. Marty McGinley, District Administrator at Wheatland said, “I was able to see the rich learning that went into the preparation for this competition. The design work that took place to prototype these machines and document
their process was incredibly impressive. There were some tense moments as they put the final touches on their machines and stood on deck waiting to execute the task. In a brief trial students were able to see a real-world assessment and the culmination of several weeks of work. The lessons learned during this process will stay with these students for a lifetime.”

Link to the Fluid Power Challenge website http://nfpahub.com/fpc/

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A word from our sponsors: “Crafts in the Woods” arts and crafts show at YMCA Camp MacLean is Nov. 25

Note: YMCA Camp MacLean is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

YMCA Camp MacLean will host the 24th annual “Crafts in the Woods” arts and crafts show on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Over 50 crafters will be exhibiting in William L. Rust Lodge and 21 cabins.

Admission is $4 ages 12 and Up and $1 ages 6-11. Admission includes parking and shuttle.

Don’t Mrs. Claus’ Coffeehouse with cakes, candy and treats. There also will be a craft raffle and lunch and bake sale.

Proceeds from the sale help fund the summer camp scholarship program.

YMCA Camp MacLean is located at 31401 Durand Ave (County Highway E), one mile wast of Burlington.

Come spend the day “In the Woods.”

Units responding for crash in Trevor

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At about 5:30 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways 83 and C in Trevor.

UPDATE 5:34 p.m. — Fire unit arriving on the scene reports two vehicles involved. Second ambulance dispatched.

Deaths Nov. 17, 2017: Betty J. Wagner

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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:

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A word from our sponsors: Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association Trees on Parade 2017 is Dec 1 & 2

From the 2014 Trees on Parade /westofthei.com file photo

From the 2014 Trees on Parade /westofthei.com file photo

Note: Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association Trees on Parade 2016 will take place Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at St. John the Evangelist Church Community Center, 701 Lake Ave., Twin Lakes.

This year’s “Candy Cane Lane” marks the 11th annual trees event.

Hours on Friday are 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will include:

  • Decorated tree contest.
  • Holiday shopping with crafters and retail vendors.
  • Gingerbread House Contest.
  • Kids Korner, with crafts and activities for the little ones.
  • Visits with Santa  at Trees on Parade on Friday 5:45 to 8 p.m.  and Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Food will be available for dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday.

The Village Tree Lighting will be in Central Park by the Caboose on Friday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. Village President Howard Skinner and Santa will light the tree at 5:30 p.m. The Boy Scouts will sell cookies and hot chocolate at the event. Santa will then travel to St. John’s to visit with the children.

For more information contact the chamber at 262-877-2220 or info@twinlakeschamber.com  or click here.

 

WKC Bulldog middleweights win league Superbowl

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WKC Bulldog middleweights football team won the class 5A Superbowl in The Chicagoland Youth Football league on Sunday at Carmel High School  in Mundelein, Illinois.

Head coach Steve Zager said:

“Most of these kids have played together since they were 6 years old. They are now 12 and 13 and have been to two other Superbowls and lost. But yesterday they won.”

The Western Kenosha County Youth Football Program, also known as the Bulldogs, offers tackle football and cheerleading to boys and girls that reside in Western Kenosha County. The Bulldogs are an all volunteer, non-profit organization.

Rain Friday, Friday night, Saturday

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

The National Weather Service is pretty sure it’s going to rain later Friday, Friday night and Saturday,

The latest, local NWS forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain Friday, a 100 percent chance of rain Friday night and a 90 percent chance of rain Saturday. Rain is most likely to be falling between about 4 and 11 p.m. Friday and then again 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

High temperatures will be 43 Friday and 41 Saturday. Friday’s low will be a relatively warm 40, but the temp will plunge Saturday to 25 as a low.

Randall passes 2018 tax levy with 9 percent decrease

Randall electors and the Town Board on Thursday approved a property tax levy with a larger than typical decrease.

The 2018 property tax levy (not including the library tax) of $899,203 is $90,002 or 9.10 percent less than the 2017 tax levy.

The 2018 levy passed the electors and Town Board unanimously. Eight electors — the five board members and three audience members — voted at the special town meeting, which was followed by a special Town Board meeting.

At a pubic hearing on the budget, Chairman Bob Stoll explained  the lower levy was the result of restrained spending.

“The biggest thing is we’re spending less money,” Stoll said.

The main reason for that lowered spending was the completion of two road projects that the town voted to pay for with levy in 2017 instead of borrowing, Stoll explained. With the spending for those projects done, the town was able to reduce spending for 2018.

“That’s a lot of not spending,” said resident Bruce Melling.

Replied Stoll: “We try to be frugal.”

Among spending increases in the budget was $20,000 more than 2017 set aside for emergency medical services contracted from other departments due to an anticipated — but not yet official — cost increase, Stoll said.

The town also set aside $50,000 toward the purchase of a new fire engine to replace one of the fire department’s two 20-year old engines. Fire Chief Matt Gronke said replacing an engine is at least a two-year process and that the Powers Lake station engine is the one that would be replaced first. The town has some otehr money set aside for the engine purchase, but would likely also have to finance the purchase.

Deaths Nov. 16, 2017: Debra J. Massie

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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:

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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.

Units responding for alarm in Lake Shangri-la

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At about 12:42 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to a carbon monoxide alarm on the 11800 block of 218th Avenue in Lake Shangri-la.

A word from our sponsors: Now is the time to visit Hafs Road Orchard

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Fall is the time to visit Hafs Road Orchard.

The orchard store is bursting with fresh apples for eating, cakes, pies, apple sauce, salads and crisps. Please feel free to call (262) 279-3638 to check on quantities of your favorite varieties. Be sure to pick up some fresh apple cider and don’t forget the orchard’s handmade Honeycrisp caramel apples.

The orchard also has a fantastic selection of gourds and pumpkins.

Hafs Road Orchard is open through Thanksgiving. Check here for hours.

Honeycrisp are a delicious healthy holiday gift.

Hafs Road Orchard is conveniently located just 7 miles east of Lake Geneva at W632 Hafs Road Genoa City.

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Paddock Lake passes tax levy with less than 1 percent increase

The Paddock Lake Village Board passed its 2018 tax levy Wednesday night.

The levy of  $1,571,653 represents a .22 percent increase from 2017.

The levy passed by a vote of 6-1 with Trustee Kathy Christenson absent.

The lone no vote against the levy was from village President Terry Burns. His opposition was because the budget supported by the levy includes a 3 percent pay increase for village employees rather than the customary 2 percent increase of recent years. The additional 1 percent amounts to a total of $4,702.

This year’s additional 1 percent pay increase was funded by the village not having to buy road salt for the coming winter due to a stockpile, Burns said. Burns is concerned about the board feeling bound to give that 3 percent increase in future years when the extra money from not buying salt may not be available.

“It’s easy to go up, it’s hard to go down,” Burns said after the meeting.

The portion of the levy that goes for general village operations actually decreased this year by $1,639 or .00144 percent. The increase in the total levy was due to an approximately $5,000 increase in the debt service levy. Village administrator Tim Popanda said this is the last year the debt service levy should increase and he expects to to begin to decrease starting in fiscal year 2019.

A summary of the 2018 budget is available here.

Deaths Nov. 15, 2017: Ellen Schuette Zarnstorff

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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:

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Central HS Kayla Kerkman signs letter of intent

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Westosha Central High School senior softball player Kayla Kerkman signed her National Letter of Intent with Winona State University this week.

Winona State is a Division II program and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. It is located in Winona, Minn.

Joining Kayla at her signing were her mother, Leslie Kerkman, and her father, Ryan Kerkman.

Deal of the Day: Hill Country Market $25 gift card 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!

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2017 Lakewood School Veterans Day ceremony coverage (PHOTOS)

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Lakewood School students and staff said thank you for your service to veterans of the the US Armed Forces at an assembly Friday.

The assembly included musical performances by students.

The special guest speaker was Tom Chlebos, who graduated from Lakewood in 1962 – the school’s first graduating class.

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Deaths Nov. 14, 2017: Susan Marion Marklund, Ethelyn “Effie” Kloth, DeWayne Harold Payson

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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:

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Salem Lakes passes tax levy with 1.62 percent increase

The Salem Lakes budget and tax levy for 2018 passed with little discussion and a unanimous vote Monday evening.

The combined levy will be $4,815,900, an increase of $76,800 or 1.62 percent. Technically, that is the amount combined of separate Salem and Silver Lake levies. Because Salem Lakes combined those two municipalities in Feb. 2017, the state said it had to levy separately again in 2018. In 2019, there will be only one levy.

One one member of the public commented on the budget Monday at the budget public hearing and the board engaged in no discussion. There were several budget workshops, however, leading up to the approval where discussion did take place.

The budget including the levy passed by a 6-0 vote with Trustee Ted Kmiec participating via phone and Trustee Laura Francart absent.

Units responding for crash in Salem Lakes

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Note: Address corrected from earlier version. — DH

At about 3:05 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash on the 27600 block of Highway 50 in Salem Lakes.

Per dispatch: Crash is in westbound lanes.

UPDATE 3:06 p.m. — Deputy reports there are two separate crashes.

UPDATE 3:20 p.m. — Additional ambulance dispatched to the scene.

Units responding to fire on I-94

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At about 1:04 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to the 9000 block of I-94 southbound for a fire.

Per dispatch: A car is on fire on the shoulder. Occupant is out of the vehicle.

UPDATE about 1:07 p.m. — Deputy on the scene reports fire appears to be out, but vehicle is still smoking.

Deal of the Day: Village Pub Fish Fry $20 gift card half off

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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 for Friday Fish Fry at The Village Pub, located in the American Legion Building, 307 N Cogswell Dr, Silver Lake. Serving begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Full service begins at 10 a.m. on weekdays and 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sundays. Looking to host a party? The hall is available for rent. In-house catering also available. Book your party now by calling 262-889-8255. Our offer today is for a $20 gift certificate, available for $10.75 (75 cents processing fee) good for two fish fry dinners on Fridays. Certificate must be used for dine-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. One purchase per advertiser each 30 days. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!

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