It’s time to pre-order lamb cakes from Schultz-Hahn American Legion Auxiliary; Bake sale is April 14

sl-legion-lamb-cakeThe Schultz-Hahn American Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual Easter Bake Sale on Friday, April 14.

The bake sale will be held at the American Legion Hall on North Cogswell Drive in Silver Lake. You may pre-order your Lamb Cakes through April 7. The cost is $15 per cake. To place your order call Kathy Wolfe at 877-2674.

Your cakes will be ready for pick-up at the bake sale at the American Legion Hall between 3 and 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14.

Proceeds help support Veterans programs.

Mixed precipitation in forecast for Friday morning

Snow that could change to rain or freezing rain is in the latest, local National Weather Service forecast for Friday morning.

A chance of snow begins around midnight with  rain/freezing rain taking over after 4 a.m. Precipitation should be over by late morning/early afternoon.

Friday’s high temperature should reach 44.

Looking ahead a bit, we should be in for a little bit of a warm-up, with high temperatures in the 50s and 40s through Thursday.

Salem Lakes takes library building off the market

This Google Streetview photo shows the building on Second Street in Silver Lake.

This Google Streetview photo shows the building on Second Street in Silver Lake.

The building where Silver Lake once hoped to house a branch of the Community Library has been pulled off the market.

The Salem Lakes Village Board Wednesday voted unanimously to pause efforts to sell the building and explore community uses for the building.

The motion to take the building off the market was made by Trustee Laura Francart, the chairman of the Parks Commission. She said that group has been discussing possible uses for the building, such as a community center or event space.

The building at 209 N. Second St., Silver Lake, was purchased by the village in November 2013 for $200,000 with an additional $50,000 borrowed for renovations. Plans at that time called for the building to house a Silver Lake branch of the Community Library, of which Silver Lake was a member. The Silver Lake branch at that time was losing its lease at another location.

The purchase became controversial after it was completed without the details of the loan coming to the Village Board for approval. A preliminary vote had approved pursuing the purchase.

Plans to have the other Community Library municipalities contribute to the purchase of the building fell through when the other municipalities balked.

The library never moved to the building. Riverview School used it for temporary office quarters in the summer of 2015 while parts of the school were renovated. That fall, the board decided to try to sell the building.

The building’s most recent listing had an asking price of $169,000.

Francart said the Parks Commission does not have a solid plan for the building, but would like to explore options.

“It’s not saying for sure anything is going to happen,” Francart said.

The idea of exploring options seemed to be favored by other board members.

“We might as well look at some other options,” said Trustee Doug Randolph.

Village President Bruce Nopenz said, “Having that building sit vacant isn’t helping anything.”

Trustee Patrick Dunn said, “If we can use it for something, why not?”

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. Today’s offer is an 18 inch Thin Crust Pizza with 3 toppings for $25, which we are selling for $13.50 (includes $1 processing charge). Coupon 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!





Wheatland Center School’s Kandi Horton awarded Herb Kohl Educational Foundation fellowship

wheatland-school-busKandi Horton, a middle school teacher at Wheatland Center School, has been named a winner of a Teacher Fellowship from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship, Fellowship, and Leadership Program.

Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Awards in the amount of $3,000 are being made to 100 teachers, 16 principals, and their schools, and $5,000 scholarships will be given to 207 graduating high school students. The awards were announced Wednesday.

Horton is currently the primary teacher for PATHS Academy, a personalized learning opportunity for 7th and 8th grade students within the Wheatland J1 School District.

“I could not be more proud that Mrs. Horton has been honored by this prestigious award,” said Wheatland district administrator Martin McGinley. “The Kohl Fellowship is the gold standard for teacher recognition in the state of Wisconsin and the honor is well deserved. The rest of Wisconsin is learning what we at Wheatland have know for a long time, Kandi Horton is an excellent teacher.”

Horton will receive her award at a ceremony at Middleton High School Saturday, April 29. She is the first teacher from the Wheatland J1 School District to be honored with the Kohl Teacher Fellowship.

Excellence Scholarship, Fellowship and Leadership Award recipients are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, representatives of education-related associations, and the program’s co-sponsors: Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA), and the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. To date the foundation has awarded $11.5 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students, and schools.

“Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers, and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future,” Kohl said.

 

A word from our sponsors: Natalie Bell can help you find your dream home!

natalie-bell-ad-fish-jump-long-box-webKeating Real Estate is a full-service residential real estate firm that offers a wealth of options to homeowners, house hunters, investors and developers

As a seasoned Realtor in Southeastern Wisconsin, Natalie Bell takes pride in providing her clients with the best overall real estate experience, whether they are looking to buy or sell a home.

“My knowledge of the market, my enthusiasm for real estate and my perseverance to get the job done are just a few of the traits that my clients have come to appreciate,” Bell said. “I provide clients with information detailing current market conditions, financing options and negotiating issues that might apply to a given situation. During the time I am working for you, I will keep you updated and will alert you to each step in the transaction process.”

Buying and selling real estate is a complex matter. But a basic rule in real estate is that all properties are unique. No two properties — even two identical models on the same street — are precisely and exactly alike. Homes differ and so do contract terms, financing options, inspection requirements and closing costs. In this maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing and negotiating, it makes sense to work with a professional such as myself, who knows the community and much more.

Contact Natalie Bell at natalie@keatinggroup.com.

Salem School referendum information night is March 16

salem-falcon-webSalem School officials will host a referendum information night at 7 p.m. on March 16 in the large group instruction room at the school.

Voters within the school district will be voting on a $3 million, three-year operational referndum to exceed the state revenue limit. The district is seeking to exceed the revenue limit by $870,000 the first year and $1.07 million the second and third year.

Due to paying off some debt early, the district says the referendum passing will not increase the tax rate.

The referendum information night will begin with a presentation by district administrator David Milz on facts about the referendum.

The program will then be opened to questions, answers and discussion from audience members.

Deaths March 15, 2017: Donald J. Layton Sr.

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:

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Registration for Westosha Falcon Youth Football flag season is open

westosha-falcons-youth-football-logoWestosha Falcon Youth Football (WFYF) is seeking 3rd-8th grade athletes interested in playing flag football this spring. Current WFYF players are especially encouraged to register.

Games are played Sundays at the Boys and Girls Club in Kenosha from April 23-June 1. League fee of $75 includes reversible jersey and flags. Registration and payment must be received by CHS Athletic Director, 24617-75th Street, PO Box 38, Salem, WI 53168 no later than April 15.

Please contact (262) 287-7410 to request registration form or for additional information or click here.

Deal of the Day: Glazed Bakery $10 gift card half off

glazed-ad-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!

Our offering today is from Glazed Bakery on 24123 75th Street, Paddock Lake. Glazed specializes in cakes for all occasions. There’s a coffee bar and delicious pastries, bread, cookies, donuts and breads on sale every day. Indoor and outdoor seating. Hours are 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The offered gift certificate is for $10 towards baked goods which we are selling for $5.75 (includes 75 cent processing). 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!





Deaths March 14, 2017: William M. Glembocki Sr., Julia T. Kulpa

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:

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Movie and program on teen digital addiction set for Central HS on March 16

smart-phone-sxc-Lora-Bates-webIn collaboration with Brighton, Bristol, Paris, Salem, and Wheatland School Districts, Westosha Central High School will present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age on Thursday, March 16 (original day changed due to weather). Doors open at 5 p.m., movie starts at 5:30 p.m., panel discussion from 6:45-7:30 p.m.

This documentary addresses pre-teen and teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film seeks to empower teens to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

Parents are encouraged to attend with their pre-teen/teen. After the movie, there will be a panel discussion. The panel will include students, staff, and members of the community.

More info and free registration is available here.

Sign-up for Lakewood School PTO Dodgeball tournament due March 14

dodge-ball-istock-photo-webLakewood School PTO’s Dodgeball Tournament will takes place March 19. Games start at 10:45 a.m.

Registration is required by March 14.

Brackets are:

  • 2nd – 4th grade.
  • 5th – 8th grade.
  • 9th grade-adult.

More information and a sign-up sheet is available here.

 

Lake effect snow warning shortened

The National Weather Service has shortened the term of a lake effect snow warning for our area.

The warning will now be in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, we measured another 1.5 inches of snowfall overnight, though that may have been diminished somewhat by drifting. That would be a total by our measurement of about 5.5 inches for the Sunday-Monday-Tuesday snow event.

Meanwhile, look for it to be cold Tuesday. Tuesday’s high temperature will be about 23, but wind of 10 to 15 mph will result in wind chill values between 0 and 10.

Bristol to explore creating TID for land purchase adjacent to park

bristol-vil-signThe Bristol Village Board agreed to a first step that could lead to it creating its first tax increment financing district with land it may purchase adjacent to Hansen Park.

At Monday’s regular meeting the board unanimously approved allowing village administrator Randy Kerkman to make a offer to purchase about 50 acres of land adjacent to Hansen Park. The offer would be contingent on the village actually creating the TID. The land is currently on the market, Kerkman said.

In a TID, tax revenues from all taxing bodies in a designated area are diverted to pay for improvements such as infrastructure designed to spur development. After a set period of time, the tax revenues return to the other taxing bodies.

Villages can create TIDs in Wisconsin, while towns cannot. Bristol became a village in 2009.

Village administrator Randy Kerkman said he recommended pursuing the TID for purchasing the property as a way for the village to control the development of the land and get acquainted with the TID process.

“It’s a tool we can use,” Kerkman said.

If purchased, part of the land would likely be used to expand the park, but the balance could be used for a business park or other uses, Kerkman said. TID funds could not pay for park improvements, but could pay for roads and other infrastructure for the remaining land.

“It certainly would give us a chance to understand the whole process at a low risk level,” said village President Mike Farrell.

Trustee John McCabe abstained from the vote because he arrived late to the meeting and missed the discussion of the issue.

Deaths March 13, 2017: William C. “Bill” Dahlke

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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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Westosha Central HS Choralfest is March 18

music notes-sxc-Robert Proksa_optThe Westosha Central High School Choralfest, under the direction of Rob Clark, will take place on Saturday, March 18, at 6 p.m. in the CHS cafetorium at 24617 75th Street in Paddock Lake.

The program will feature the CHS Choraliers, Concert Choir and Central Swing Inc. Choralfest will also feature choirs from Bristol, Brighton, Paris and Salem Grade Schools. There should be over 300 vocalists combining their talents to share a wonderful evening full of vocal music.

The event will include performance of Rain Music, arranged by Laura Farnell; More I Cannot Wish You from the musical  “Guys and Dolls”; Hallelujah, from the movie “Shrek” and Power of a Song,  words and music by  Roslyn K Sieh. Recent solo and ensemble state qualifiers will be featured throughout the event.

Entrance to Choralfest is free and open to the public.  Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Sharing Center in Trevor.

UPDATE: Total snow accumulation 4 inches

snowflakepaper-mf-sideshowmomWe took another measurement of snow at westofthei.com headquarters in Paddock Lake at noon and measured another 2 inches of snow. That would be a total of 4 inches since snow started last night.

I have to say there has been, for the first time I can remember, some dispute about our snow measuring on the westofthei.com Facebook page. Several commenters — some also in Paddock Lake — felt the morning snow was more in the four inch range. Hey all I can go with is what the yardstick said.

At 2:46 p.m., there’s just a dusting still falling, but there could be lots more on the way courtesy of Lake Michigan.

A word from our sponsors: Natalie Bell can help you find your dream home!

natalie-bell-ad-fish-jump-long-box-webKeating Real Estate is a full-service residential real estate firm that offers a wealth of options to homeowners, house hunters, investors and developers

As a seasoned Realtor in Southeastern Wisconsin, Natalie Bell takes pride in providing her clients with the best overall real estate experience, whether they are looking to buy or sell a home.

“My knowledge of the market, my enthusiasm for real estate and my perseverance to get the job done are just a few of the traits that my clients have come to appreciate,” Bell said. “I provide clients with information detailing current market conditions, financing options and negotiating issues that might apply to a given situation. During the time I am working for you, I will keep you updated and will alert you to each step in the transaction process.”

Buying and selling real estate is a complex matter. But a basic rule in real estate is that all properties are unique. No two properties — even two identical models on the same street — are precisely and exactly alike. Homes differ and so do contract terms, financing options, inspection requirements and closing costs. In this maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing and negotiating, it makes sense to work with a professional such as myself, who knows the community and much more.

Contact Natalie Bell at natalie@keatinggroup.com.

Weather related closings and cancellations

With the National Weather Service issuing a lake effect snow warning, schools and organizations have begun announcing closings:

  • Central High School in Paddock Lake has cancelled all after school activities and meetings.
  • Wilmot Union High School has cancelled all after school activities.
  • Bristol School has cancelled all after school activities.
  • Brighton School has cancelled Drama, Girls B Team VB Practice and Boys VB Practice scheduled for after school.
  • Wheatland Center School has cancelled all after school activities.
  • The SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary being presented by Westosha Central, Brighton, Bristol, Paris, Wheatland Center and Salem schools has been rescheduled for March 16. Details here.
  • From University of Wisconsin-Parkside: Due to current weather conditions and the Lake Effect Snow Warning issued earlier today, evening classes scheduled to begin at or after 5 p.m. Monday, March 13, have been canceled. Morning, afternoon and evening classes on Tuesday, March 14, will be held as scheduled. Any changes to Tuesday’s class schedule will be posted on the UW-Parkside website and the university’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
  • Riverview School has cancelled all after school activities for Monday.

If you have an activity scheduled for Monday evening it might be a good idea to check on its status.

If you have a cancellation you wanted listed here, email us at darren@westofthei.com

 

Lake effect snow warning issued

WEATHER-ALERT-logo-all-3-webThe National Weather Service has issued a lake effect snow warning for an area that includes all of Kenosha County.

The warning will be in effect until 1 p.m., Tuesday.

Lake effect snow could add 5 to 8 inches to earlier forecast amounts, the warning says. The snow will be dry inland and possibly wetter closer to Lake Michigan.

Regarding preparation, the NWS says:

A Lake Effect Snow Warning means significant amounts of lake effect snow are forecast that will make travel very hazardous or impossible. Lake effect snow showers typically align themselves in bands and will likely be intense enough to drop 1 to several inches of snow per hour for several hours. Visibilities vary greatly and can drop to zero within minutes. Travel is strongly discouraged. Commerce could be severely impacted. If you must travel…keep an extra flashlight…food…and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Salem Lakes may remove central Silver Lake sidewalks

A section of sidewalk along Park Street in Silver Lake.

A section of sidewalk along Park Street in Silver Lake. /westofthei.com file photo from 2010

Sidewalks in the central part of Silver Lake may be removed as part of a planned street paving project.

The Salem Lakes Village Board discussed the move at its March 1 meeting.

Village administrator Patrick Casey said removing the sidewalks at the same time as paving work in Silver Lake planned for later this year would be efficient because a contractor that could do the work would already be in town. That paving will be paid for with reserves set aside for that purpose when the finances of Salem and Silver Lake were combined in connection with the merger of those municipalities into Salem Lakes.

Casey said he has inspected the sidewalks and found many of them to be in disrepair. The sidewalk network in general is incomplete, he added. Many of them are too narrow for modern standards.

“The sidewalks are in very bad shape,” Casey said.  “You really have no true sidewalk system.”

The sidewalks in the central area have been an ongoing nemesis for both the local government and property owners. Silver Lake’s insurance carriers for years have been suggesting removing the sidewalks because their condition presents a liability exposure for the village.

The matter was tabled at the March 1 meeting.

Casey said plans are for the paving, and the sidewalk removal if it is approved, to take place this year.

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Silver Lake looking at demolishing rescue storage building and some sidewalks

Units responding for crashes on I-94

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Emergency workers are responding to several crashes on I-94 this morning:

At about 8:42 a.m., sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the southbound lanes of I-94 near Highway 142.

UPDATE 8:43 a.m. — A sheriff’s deputy is responding to a report of a off the southbound lanes of I-94 near Highway 158.

UPDATE 8:46 a.m. — Paris Fire and Rescue units responding for crash in 2700 block of southbound lanes of I-94 for a crash with injuries.

UPDATE 8:47 a.m. — Sheriff’s deputies responding to a report of a crash in the southbound lanes of I-94 near Highway E. Center lane blocked; another vehicle off the road apparently involved.

Snow update: 2 inches overnight, still falling

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Photo by ladyheart via morgueFile.com

We measured about 2 inches of accumulated snow at westofthei.con headquarters in Paddock Lake at about 5:30 a.m. Snow started falling here about 9:35 p.m., Sunday.

Not much has changed in the forecast.  The area is under a winter weather advisory through 1 p.m., Tuesday. Expect snow to continue to fall Monday through 1 p.m. There’s a chance of snow from 2 p.m. through 7 p.m. Snow is then expected to start up for sure again after that and fall until after midnight. A diminishing chance of snow will continue through Tuesday into the evening.

In the end, there could be 3 to 7 inches of accumulation Sunday through Monday night.

Deaths March 12, 2017: Jessica Lynne Pedersen

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:

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Units responding for burning in Paddock Lake

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 6:34 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of burning in the 6500 block of 243rd Court in Paddock Lake.

Units responding for car fire in Salem

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 11:40 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units are responding to a car fire in the 28800 block of Highway 50 in Salem.

Per dispatch: Fire appears to be coming from the vehicle’s brakes.

A word from our sponsors: March 12, 2017 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement — DH

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

7113-7111 368th Ave, Burlington

24621 121st Pl, Trevor

606 Pinehurst Ct, Twin Lakes

23300 111th St, Trevor

1406 88th Ave, Kenosha

9000 226th Ct 9B, Salem

314 N Cogswell Dr, Silver Lake

 

Winter weather advisory issued

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Art by Agata Urbaniak via stock.xchng

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for an area of Wisconsin that includes Western Kenosha County.

The advisory will be in effect from 10 p.m., Sunday, to 1 p.m., Tuesday.

The latest, local NWS forecast calls for 3 to 8 inches of snow accumulation during that period.

 

Units responding for burning in Wheatland

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:29 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to a report of burning in the 3200 block of 367th Avenue in Wheatland.

UPDATE 7:33 p.m. — Wheatland command calls off response from other units.

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