Units responding for crash in Bristol

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At about 12:45 p.m., sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of two vehicles off the roadway in about the 19700 block of  Highway C in Bristol.

Freelance photographer Earlene Frederick reports the vehicles are off the roadway on the south side of Highway C.

Frederick also reports that winds is strong along Highway C and the highway is drifted over in spots.

 

SNOW UPDATE: 1 inch overnight

The first accumulating snow of the season ended up pretty much as forecast by the National Weather Service. We measured 1 inch on the ground at about 6:30 a.m. at westofthei.com headquarters.

A slight chance of snow returns to the forecast Sunday night, Monday and Monday night, with a 30-20 percent chance of snow, says the latest, local NWS forecast. A more substantial chance of snow is in Wednesday’s forecast, with a 50 percent chance of some white stuff.

Tuesday, high of 21 and low of 9, and Wednesday, high of 25 and low of 18,  look to be the coldest days in the week ahead. Otherwise, look for high temps in the 30s and lows in the high teens to low 20s.

Deaths Dec. 8, 2017: Shirley L. Miller, Lawrence Pflueger

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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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Units responding to crash in Wheatland

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At about 5:38 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 31700 block of Highway 50 and 317th Avenue in Wheatland.

UPDATE about 5:40 p.m. — Twin Lakes Rescue dispatched to respond with an ambulance.

UPDATE 5:45 p.m. — Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue dispatched to respond with an ambulance.

A word from our sponsors: St. Alphonsus Parish Cookie Walk is Dec. 9

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Note: St. Alphonsus Parish is advertising this event with westofthei.com . This is a paid announcement.

St. Alphonsus Parish 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. 9 from 9 a.m to noon (or until sold out). The event will take place at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church’s Biersack Center, 6211 344th Avenue in New Munster.

“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,” states Erin Decker, event volunteer.

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.

Town of Wheatland Fire Department Auxiliary hosting Pictures with Santa Dec. 10

wheatland-fd-santa-2014-4Come see Santa at the Wheatland Fire House on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Come get your photo taken with Santa.

This is a free community event sponsored by Town of Wheatland Fire Department Auxiliary.

The Wheatland Fire House is located in New Munster.

Western Kenosha County Youth Football changing team name to Junior Panthers

Western Kenosha County Youth Football is changing its team name and forming an alliance with Wilmot Union High School for the 2018 season.

The team, long known as the Bulldogs, will now be known as the Junior Panthers, the organization announced in a statement this week.

The statement said:

The Western Kenosha County Youth Football (WKCYF) and Cheer Executive Board is excited to announce that
beginning with the 2018 Football and Cheer season we will now be known as the Junior Panthers and we will be
wearing red, black, and white as our new team colors. We will still be The Western Kenosha County Youth
Football Program, however, our team name will now be the Junior Panthers. Becoming the Junior Panthers and
forming an alliance with the Wilmot Football and Cheer programs will afford us a greater opportunity to collaborate
with their programs and work to prepare our athletes for the future, while also increasing the enthusiasm within
the community for the Panther programs. The Executive Board along with the Wilmot Football and Cheer
programs have been in discussions regarding this union for the past few months. After much conversation, both
the High School programs and the WKCYF Executive Board feel this is a good fit for all parties.
Regardless of our name change, in 2018 the WKCYF will still offer football and cheer, remain in The Chicagoland
Youth Football League (TCYFL), and offer Bantam through Varsity teams. We will continue to serve all of
Kenosha County and the surrounding areas no matter what high school you will attend. We are very excited
about this new partnership and look forward to all the opportunities it will bring for our young football players and
cheerleaders. If you have questions, comments, concerns or would like to get more involved please feel free to contact us by
calling Mike Gentile at (262)891-7843.

Western Kenosha County Youth Football Program offers tackle football and cheerleading to all youth, boys and girls that reside in Western Kenosha County. WKCYF is an all volunteer non-for-profit organization.

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

ad-home-again-camp-lake-address-webHave 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, 9524 Camp Lake Road, Salem. 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!





Flood survivors can now apply for CDBG Emergency Assistance Program funds

Applications are now available for Kenosha County residents who want to access Community Development Block Grant-Emergency Assistance Program funds awarded to the county in the wake of flooding this summer.

An application form is available here.

From a news release from County Executive Jim Kreuser’s office:

Kenosha County residents whose homes were damaged by the July 2017 floods may now apply for recovery funds through the Southern Housing Region Kenosha County Emergency Assistance Program, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced (Thursday). The county was recently awarded $756,000 in Community Development Block Grant-Emergency Assistance Program funding to provide aid to low-to-moderate-income households affected by the flooding. “Receiving these funds was a great win for Kenosha County, and for residents whose homes were hit hard by this natural disaster,” Kreuser said. “Even if you’ve already recovered from the floods, it’s worth doing your homework – you might be eligible for reimbursement of past expenses.” Funds granted to applicants do not need to be paid back, said Kari Justmann of MSA Professional Services, the firm administering the grant for the multicounty Southern Housing Region. Applicants may only receive Emergency Assistance Program funding once, however, and they will not qualify for the program again if their homes are damaged by future flooding. Justmann said those who have receipts for repairs already made may be reimbursed. For those who have work that needs to be done, MSA will help them to receive bids and will pay the contractors directly. Applicants’ homes will be visited to see that repairs have been made or that there is still flood-related damage in need of repair. Homeowners and landlords who rent to low-to-moderate-income families may apply, Justmann said. In order to be eligible for the funding, applicants’ household income must be below the following thresholds: One-person household: $39,050; Two-person household: $44,600; Three-person household: $50,200; Four-person household: $55,750; Five-person household: $60,250; Six-person household: $64,700; Seven-person household: $69,150; Eight-person household: $73,600; There is no firm deadline to apply, but people are urged to do so as soon as possible. All work
funded by the grants must be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. For more information about the program, please contact Sue Koehn at 800-552-6330 or skoehn@msa-ps.com. Those who do not qualify for Emergency Assistance Program grants may be eligible for another resource: low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA loans are available to cover damage to homes, as well as businesses. The recently-extended deadline to apply is Jan. 12, 2018. Apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applications may also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster or requested by phone at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired) or by email at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

A word from our sponsors: Silver Lake Barber Shop offers full service hair styling

Note: Silver Lake Barber Shop is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Dick Flatley of Silver Lake Barber Shop can bring his decades of experience to give you the hair style you have always wanted, and help keep you looking good.

The shop is located at 404 E Lake Street in downtown Silver Lake. Hours are:

  • Tuesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7:30  a.m.-noon.

Dick offers the Roffler razor hair cutting system. “We’re able to give consistent results every time,” Flatley said. “We’re able to make their hair more manageable.”

Each new customer starts with a consultation, where the customer can talk about what they would like and Flatley suggests how to make that happen.

For each male customer, Dick shaves around the ear.

Additional services offered are:

  • Flat tops.
  • Beard trims.
  • Facial shaves.
  • Hair coloring, to freshen up and sharpen your look.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are always served first. Make an appointment at 262-237-1447.

Dick is also looking to hire an additional stylist for the Silver Lake location. Contact him if you are interested and qualified at 262-237-1447.

First sizable snow of season expected Friday night

The first snow of the season worth plunging a ruler into is expected to fall Friday night.

The latest, local National Weather Service forecast calls for 1 to 2 inches of snow to accumulate between 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m., Saturday. The greatest chance of snow is between 10 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday.

Today’s high temperature will be 31 and the low 22.

Relatively small chances of snow are in the more extended forecast for Sunday night, Monday, Monday night, Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Want to brush up on your driving in snow skills? Here are some tips from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Suspect found in Wilmot UHS bathroom threat

A teenager has confessed to writing the message on a Wilmot Union High School bathroom wall about shooting up the school that spurred an investigation by school administration and the Sheriff’s Department.

From a news release from KCSD:

The investigation by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department had identified the subject who wrote the threatening message on the bathroom wall. This original incident was reported 12-04-17. The KSD Deputy assigned as the Wilmot School Resource Officer viewed hundreds of hours of school video before questioning a 16 year-old male student who confessed to the crime. This investigation was a cooperative and thorough effort of the School Resource Officer and School Officials. The case on the juvenile suspect is being referred to the Kenosha District Attorney’s Office and Kenosha County Juvenile Intake for review.

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Deaths Dec. 7, 2017: Janet M. “Margie” Mason

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Boy Scout Troop 380 and Cub Scout Pack 343 collected food and money for Twin Lakes Food Pantry

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Boy Scout Troop 380 and Cub Scout Pack 343 held a food drive at Richters Marketplace in Twin Lakes. Some 2,008 pounds of food and over $2,300 were collected for Twin Lakes Food Pantry.

The Scouts wanted to thank all the residents of Twin Lakes for helping in this worthy cause.

Units responding for crash in Wheatland

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At about 3:20 p.m., sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways W and 50 in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: No injuries being reported at this time.

UPDATE about 3:24 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports that crash is at Highway W-south and Highway 50.

UPDATE about 3:30 p.m. — Two tows requested.

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, 16 of these years have been in Wilmot. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 66 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

Kenosha Thunder Hockey having Women and Children’s Horizons wish list drive at games Saturday

The Kenosha Thunder hockey team will be having a wish list drive supporting Women and Children’s Horizons at their games Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Pleasant Prairie Ice Plex.

Free admission with a donation to the drive. Non-perishable food items will be accepted as well as: Paper products, cleaning supplies, detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, baby wipes, hand soap, gas cards, band aids, shampoo/conditioner, shaving cream, children’s Tylenol, adult/children’s cold medicine.

The Thunder will be playing Waukesha, JV at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7:10 p.m.

Kenosha Thunder is made up of players from Wilmot Union High School and Central High School as well as Tremper, Indian Trail and Bradford high schools in Kenosha.

Westosha Cheer headed to nationals; fundraiser for trip Dec. 9

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Westosha Cheer won their bid to 2017 Nationals at UCA Regionals on Saturday, Dec. 2, placing first in their division. Last year, the Falcons won all of the competitions they attended including being 3-peat Conference, Regional, and State Champions. In addition, the team earned 7th place at Nationals last year.  The team is coached by Natalia Vernezze.

The Lady Falcons are hosting a fundraiser to support the trip to Nationals on Dec. 9 at the Sandlots of Salem.  Sloppy Joes Special with a ton of sides, basket raffles and a Grand Prize Raffle of $500, $250 or $100. The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Sandlots of Salem is located at 9251 Antioch Road, Salem.

Units responding to crash in Salem Lakes

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At about 6:33 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and Silver Lake Rescue Sqaud units are responding to a report of a crash in the 30400 block of Highway 50 in Salem Lakes.

UPDATE 6:36 a.m. — Rescue squad on scene reports two vehicles involved and traffic not blocked. Dispatch says one patient reporting injury.

Paris appoints members to Paris-Somers Intergovernmental Commission

The Paris Town Board appointed three individuals to the Paris-Somers Intergovernmental Commission at last week’s Town Board meeting.

The commission will make decisions about development in an area of the town along I-94 that is subject to a joint agreement between the two municipalities.

Appointed were town Supervisor Ron Kammerzelt, town Supervisor Ken Monson and town Plan Commission Chairman John Holloway.

The other three members of the commission will be appointed by the village of Somers.

“It’s an important commission in that it determines what will happen in the … corridor,” said town attorney Tim Pruitt.

Kammerzelt said the commission will necessitate a commitment of time and effort.

“Whoever is on that board has to do the homework,” Kammerzelt said.

There was some discussion among board members about whether there should be two board members on the commission, but ultimately they decided to appoint Monson and Kammerzelt. Town Chairman Virgil Gentz was appointed as an alternate, at least until another interested community member can be found to fill that role.

 

Deaths Dec. 6, 2017: Shirley (Schattner) Daniels

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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: 5th Annual Paddock Lake Lighted Parade is Dec. 16

Note: The village of Paddock Lake is advertising this event with westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Paddock Lake’s 5th Annual Lighted Holiday Parade will take place Saturday, Dec. 16.

The parade route will start at McAlonan Park on 248th Avenue and head north to 61st Street, then east to 236th Avenue and south to Village Hall. Line-up for the parade is 3:30 p.m. and the parade starts at 4 p.m.

Santa will be the headliner in the parade and will be escorted to Village Hall to take photos with all the good little boys and girls after the parade and tree lighting. Refreshments will be served. The event ends at 7 p.m.

Free admission for toy donation at Central HS hoops alumni night Dec. 22

Westosha Central High school will be hosting Wilmot Union High School on Dec. 22 for boys and girls basketball.

As part of the evening, Central will be recognizing basketball alumni during each varsity game. Free admission will be given to any person who donates a new and unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Following the game, there will be a get together at The Sandlots of Salem.

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!





Aquanuts win approval for storage buildings; express interest in village lot

This photo from a Twin Lakes village document shows the location of the proposed storage structures framed in black.

A relatively light Twin Lakes Village Board committee of the whole meeting Monday saw matters involving the Aquanuts show ski team dominate discussion.

The team, which performs shows weekly during the summer at Lance Park, its headquarters, is seeking permission to build two storage buildings in the area of the park where they perform.

The team also expressed interest in possibly buying the property that housed the former village yard waste disposal to store boats.

“We’re growing,” said Aquanuts president Bob Koehler, who represented the group at the meeting. “We have more storage needs.”

One of the Lance Park storage buildings would be near the existing boathouse and another adjacent to the Scout House, which will also serve as a spot for the show’s sound technician.

The building near the boathouse will likely necessitate the removal of an old tree. To compensate, Koehler said the team would be willing to plant a compensating number of young trees in the park.

Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald asked that the pillars in the new building near the Scout House match pillars in the restroom building the village built on the other side of the Scout House, which Koehler agree to do.

No action could be taken at the meeting because of how it was noticed. The board also wanted to make sure the Aquanuts were ready to move forward after the Monday meeting. A special Village Board meeting has been scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. to consider approving an agreement regarding the buildings.

The village is open to selling the old yard waste drop on Industrial Drive, but would like some assurance the Aquanuts are serious about buying it first.

Koehler said the group is interested.

“If it’s within out budget, we’d like to consider it,” Koehler said.

Currently the team stores its boats in season at a local boat dealership, Koehler said. Off season, the boats are stored at a member’s property in Elgin, Illinois. The former yard waste site could replace both of the current storage sites. The team would likely build a storage structure on the site if they purchased it.

Koehler said the team is not interested in renting the property.

Village President Howard Skinner asked the Aquanuts board to formalize their interest so the village could move forward.

Trustee Thomas Connolly raised the possibility that the land would need to be subject to open bidding.

Skinner said if the Aquanuts board communicates that they are interested in the land village administrator Jennifer Frederick can then research the need for bidding.

Local fire department responding for aid to Burlington

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At about 6:15 a.m., the Town of Wheatland Fire Department is responding to a request for mutual aid from Burlington for a structure fire.

Per dispatch: Wheatland is to respond with an engine.

UPDATE about 6:30 a.m. — Bristol Fire and Rescue requested to respond for a change of quarters to cover a Burlington station.

Union Grove United Methodist Church 2017 Christmas Coffee House, Silent Auction and Pie Auction is Dec. 9

Union Grove United Methodist Church will host its 2017 Christmas Coffee House, Silent Auction and Pie Auction on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

This is a family friendly event and everyone is welcome. Free admittance, coffee/beverage/popcorn/hot dogs. Enjoy the sounds of Christmas music, provided by local talent and this year’s extra special guests the Hims of Harmony and the Union Grove High School Jazz Band.

You can bid on the many wonderful treasures you will find at the silent auction. The auction will include some handmade quilts, a hog for your freezer and lots of baskets filled with special items for all ages.  New this year, the pie auction will feature delicious pies baked by church members and friends. There will also be bake sale items available for purchase.   There will be gingerbread house making and holiday projects for children provided.

Proceeds will help support youth, the church and other local projects.

Union Grove United Methodist Church  is located at 906 12th Ave., Union Grove.

Windy weather to continue Wednesday

It won’t necessarily be twist the gutters on your house and blow over the plastic Christmas decorations even though you weighted them down with chunks of concrete windy, but you will still notice a strong breeze Wednesday.

On Tuesday, gusts of 45 mph were recorded in Twin Lakes and 58 mph at Kenosha Airport, says the National Weather Service.

Wednesday’s wind won’t be as remarkable, but still noticeable. Wind will be in the 10 to 20 mph range with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wedensday’s high is expected to still top 30 degress (32 to be exact). Wednesday’s low will dip to 17.

Wind as part of the forecast should begin to taper off Thursday. There’s a 50 percent chance of snow Friday night. No word on accumulation yet.

Units responding for fire in Salem

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At about 8:59 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a fire in the 8700 block of Antioch Road (Highway 83) in Salem.

Per dispatch: This is being described as a balcony fire at an apartment building. Salem Lakes is requesting an ARA response. All Salem Lakes stations and Bristol Fire and Rescue are requested to respond.

UPDATE 9:06 p.m. — Salem F/R command reports to dispatch that responding units can slow down; fire appears to be out.

UPDATE 9:10 p.m. — Fire units begin to return to quarters.

 

A word from our sponsors: Hill Country Market to host free holiday cookie sampling Dec. 17

Hill Country Market is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Hill Country Market, 7510 288th Ave. Salem, will host a free holiday cookie sampling on Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy freshly baked favorites and holidays specials along with hot chocolate and coffee. We will see you there!

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