Units responding for crash along Salem-Paris border

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At about 11:41 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash in the 22100 block 60th Street (Highway K) along the Salem Paris border.

Per dispatch to responding units: Crash involves a motorcyclist and a pick up truck.

UPDATE 11:50 a.m. — Deputy on the scene reporting there are injuries.

UPDATE 11:56 a.m. — Deputies blocking traffic leading to the scene. Bristol Fire and Rescue setting up a landing zone for Flight for Life medical transport helicopter.

UPDATE 12:35 p.m — Flight for Life takes off from landing zone with patient.

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A word from our sponsors: Year Round Market of Kenosha County to host blood drive at July 21 event

Note: This is a paid announcement from Year Round Market of Kenosha County.

Year Round Market of Kenosha County will host a Blood Center of WI blood donation fundraiser as part of its July 21 market.

There will be a raffle and blood donation spots available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Munster Park, 6813 349th Ave., New Munster. Sign-up to donate blood here.

This event will also feature various vendors including crafters, direct sales, local non-profits and small businesses.

More information available here.

Vendors wanting to have a spot during the event are still being accepted. Contact Katie Sweatman direct for details at 262-492-2711

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2019 Bristol Progress Days Parade coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

The 2019 Bristol Progress Days Parade took place Sunday through the streets of the core Bristol area, ending at Hansen Park.

The parade included a wide variety of units from local organizations and businesses as well as four marching bands. Many of the entries reflected this year’s theme of the 50th anniversary of Progress Days.

Here is video of the bands that performed, starting with the Westosha Central High School band, the Band of the Black Watch, the CYO Band and the Rambler Band.

The parade started off with fire department equipment — sirens sounding — from Bristol Fire and Rescue and other nearby departments. Here is video:

There were two units that employed some fancy synchronized driving, though with decidedly different paces and approaches. Here is video of the Tebala Motor Patrol and the State Line Garden Tractor Association:

Here are many more photos of the parade:

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A word from our sponsors: July 14, 2019 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Note: 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):

1787 Knob Rd, Burlington

40279 106th St, Genoa City

2801 168th Ave, Kenosha

20600 83rd Pl, Bristol

35025 Geneva Rd, Burlington

9138 388th Ave, Burlington

20101 60th St, Bristol

 

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2019 Bristol Progress Days ping pong drop coverage (VIDEO)

Bristol Progress Days introduced a new contest this year — a ping pong ball drop.

Leading up to the drop on Saturday evening, people could purchase a ball for $2. All of the ball were then carried 86 feet up the Bristol Fire and Rescue aerial ladder by firefighter Steve Bohr. Bohr then dropped the balls onto the west ball diamond. The four balls closest to home plate won gift certificates from Bristol 45 Diner.

Winners were: first place Washburn Lodge, second place Chris Niederer, third place Dave Klest and fourth place Kristen Zirkleback.

Here is some video of the ball drop:

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2019 Bristol Progress Days adult games coverage

Free kids games and a pedal tractor pull have long been a part of Saturday at Bristol Progress Days, but this year games were added for older kids and adults.

One of the contests was pie eating. Contestants had to eat with their hands behind their backs and finish a pudding and whipped cream pie. First to finish was Lisa Hawkins. Second was Tyler Thorsen.

Here’s some video from the contest:

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Deaths July 13, 2019: Charles J. Feest

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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Haley Gorsuch is 2019 Miss Bristol

(From left) Jennah Miller, Amanda Gorsuch, 2019 Miss Bristol Haley Gorsuch and Grace Henningfield.

Haley Gorsuch was named 2019 Miss Bristol.

The Miss Bristol crowning is part of the Bristol Progress Days community festival. The culmination of the competition took place Friday evening at the coronation banquet.

Haley Gorsuch, 20, is a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her future plans are to Graduate from the University of Whitewater and become an Elementary Art Teacher. Her parents are Dave and Carol Gorsuch and Bill and Brenda Flesch.

As Miss Bristol, Haley Gorsuch will participate in activities during this year’s Progress Days and will represent the village at various functions through the coming year.

Gorsuch also was named Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants, a title she also earned in the 2018, 2017 and 2016 Miss Bristol competitions.

After thanking her supporters, Haley Gorsuch said “Five full years and I finally got it.”

First runner up was Amanda Gorsuch, second runner up was
Grace Henningfield and third runner up was Jennah Miller.

Here is video of the announcement:

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Mary Gillmore and Aidan Hawkins named 2019 Bristol Junior Outstanding Citizens

Mary Gillmore and Aidan Hawkins

Mary Gillmore and Aidan Hawkins were named the 2019 Bristol Junior Outstanding Citizens at the Progress Days Banquet Friday evening.

Each year a girl and a boy are named outstanding citizens as part of the Progress Days community festival.

In her nomination information, Gillmore was praised as very outgoing, a hard worker and a leader. She is a member of the Bristol Challenge 4-H Club, involved in a variety of projects from arts and crafts to showing turkeys and pigs. At school she is on the honor roll and has received the Diligent Award and Christian Character Award. She enjoys playing the role of an angel each year in her family’s public live nativity presented on the family farm. She works for Marleigh’s Ministry packaging care boxes for premature babies and enjoys camping and traveling with her large family.

Here is video of the announcement:

In his nomination papers, Hawkins was praised as active and involved. He plays soccer, basketball and runs track. He is a straight A student and has been student of the month. Hawkins has won a forensics award and is a member of the Geography Bee, where he was named overall champion.

Here is video of the announcement:

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2019 Bristol Outstanding Citizens are Dave Glassman and Regina LaForge

Dave Glassman and Regina LaForge

Dave Glassman and Regina LaForge were named the 2019 Outstanding Man and Outstanding Woman at the Bristol Progress Days Banquet Friday.

Each year one man and one woman from Bristol is selected for the honor as a traditional part of the Progress Days community festival.

In his nomination, Glassman was lauded as a longtime pillar of the local business community. He started working in that business at 16 and took over ownership from his father in 1967. At one time, he also ran a milk route and drove a school bus for 20 years. His business sponsored numerous sports teams. He is retired now but continues to serve the community, including as the president of the North Bristol Cemetery.

Here is video of the announcement:

LaForge’s nomination said she is very active in her church, volunteering to work on many committees. She has been active as a 4-H leader and led the revitalization of the Kenosha County 4-H Goat Project. She also is active in Home and Community Education and the Wisconsin Bookworm Association, which provides free books and encourages early reading experience for low income families.

Here is video of the announcement:

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Garage sales page update

West 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.

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July 12, 2019 lake test results: Silver Lake County Park closed to swimming; PHLA caution lifted

The beach at Silver Lake County Park remains closed to swimming due to elevated E.coli there and a caution at Paddock Hooker Lake Association beach has been lifted after retesting Thursday.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when the test results indicate a E.coli level of 300/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

Thursday’s results of retesting by the Kenosha County Division of Health were:

  • Silver Lake County Park beach, over 2,419 E.coli/100 mL. The county will resample Friday.
  • PHLA, 126 E.coli/100 mL.
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From picnic to three-day festival: That’s Progress

Bristol Progress Days celebrating 50 years in 2019

Bristol Progress Days, which Western Kenosha County now knows as an annual three-day community festival with live music, softball tournament, a huge parade, fireworks and more, had humble beginnings 50 years ago.

It all started as a picnic.

In 1969, Bristol town Chairman Earl Hollister and Don Wienke, chairman of the Recreation Committee had the idea to have a community picnic.

‘They just wanted to have something where everybody could get together and have a good meal and enjoy each other’s company,” said Carol Nichols, the Progress Days Committee treasurer and daughter of the festival’s co-founder Hollister.

“From that it grew,” Nichols said.

One of the first changes was the name. After a couple of years a town-wide contest was held to name the evolving festival. Bristol Progress Days was the winner, offered by Maybelle Hautzinger, Nichols said.

One of the first traditions that continues to this day is the selection of outstanding citizens — one male and one female. In the early years, however, the honor was called king and queen, much like a homecoming or prom. The first king and queen were named in 1970; Kenny Eibl was the king and Laura Kempf the queen.

In 1972, the Miss Bristol contest was started. Shirley Davidson Olsen was the first to win title.

“As I was the first Miss Bristol, there were no guidelines yet,” Davidson said in a collection of memories of the Bristol Progress Days outstanding citizens and Miss Bristols compiled by the committee for the 50th anniversary.

In 2012, naming of a junior outstanding citizen was added,
with Bret Niederer being the first. That was expanded to a junior girl and junior boy outstanding citizen in 2015.

Many of the activities of the festival such as the Friday night banquet where the honors are handed out, the carnival in Hansen Park, the softball tournament, the parade and the fireworks are longtime Bristol Progress Days staples.

Other activities have come and gone through the years such as helicopter rides and a sky diving demonstration that one time nearly ended up in a collision due to an inattentive spectator on the ground, Nichols said.

The parade is now known for its large size, featuring multiple marching bands and entries that throw a lot of candy out to parade spectators. But it wasn’t always that way.

“The parade was very small,” Lenny Eibl, the first Progress Days king, said in the memories collection. “Now it’s five times as big.”

A highlight of Sunday evening is the fireworks display.

At one time it was more of a do it yourself affair, Nichols said, with fire department members purchasing fireworks in other states, bringing them back to Bristol and then setting them off Sunday night.

“We’ve gotten much more safe with them by hiring a company (in recent years),” Nichols said with a smile.

The force behind the event is the Bristol Progress Days committee. The organization became a formal non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 2001. Current board members are Sue Kaminski, Carol Gorsuch, Cheryl Nichols, Carol Nichols, Brittany Gauger, Lila Muhlenbeck and village representative Mike Farrell, who also is Bristol village president.

While the village lends support to the festival, it is the separate organization represented by the committee that largely raises the funds and does the work, said village administrator Randy Kerkman.

Kerkman encouraged people who enjoy the festival every year to show their support by making purchases from the food vendors in the park during the fest and participating in the auctions. These activities help fund the fireworks, the parade and the other crowd favorites.

“It’s a community event, put on by a non-profit,” Kerkman said. “When people go and buy a burger, they help pay for the parade and the fireworks.”

Click here to view a copy of Memories from the Past 1969-2019 Bristol Progress Days.

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A word from our sponsors: Year Round Market of Kenosha County to host blood drive at July 21 event

Note: This is a paid announcement from Year Round Market of Kenosha County.

Year Round Market of Kenosha County will host a Blood Center of WI blood donation fundraiser as part of its July 21 market.

There will be a raffle and blood donation spots available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Munster Park, 6813 349th Ave., New Munster. Sign-up to donate blood here.

This event will also feature various vendors including crafters, direct sales, local non-profits and small businesses.

More information available here.

Vendors wanting to have a spot during the event are still being accepted. Contact Katie Sweatman direct for details at 262-492-2711

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July 11, 2019 lake test results: Paddock Hooker Lake Association Beach under swim caution and Silver Lake County Park closed to swimming

Follow-up testing at Paddock Hooker Lake Association Beach on Paddock Lake and Silver Lake County Park Beach on Silver Lake showed both of those locations still had elevated E.coli levels.

However the type of alert at each of those locations changed from Wednesday.

The State Department of Health recommends posting swimming warnings at beaches when the test results indicate an E.coli level of 300/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

Paddock Hooker Lake Association Beach on Wednesday tested at 866 E.coli/100 mL, prompting a swim caution.

Silver Lake County Park Beach on Wednesday tested at more than 2419 E.coli/100 mL, prompting a swim closure.

Both locations were tested by the Kenosha County Division of Health and are scheduled to be re-sampled Thursday.

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Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church hosting Set Sail With the Son! Vacation Bible School July 22-26

Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church will host Set Sail With the Son! Vacation Bible School July 22-26.

The program will take place from 9 to 11:45 a.m. each day.

Join the crew to enjoy crafts, theme-releated snacks, songs and friends. Included will be Bible stories, Bible story skit, sailing -related acticities and theme-related games.

Call 862-6014 to register. There is no registration fee.

Peace Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 11233 306th Ave., Wilmot.

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Units responding for crash in Wheatland

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At about 4:10 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at 376th Avenue and 52nd Street in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: This is a single vehicle rollover.

UPDATE 4:14 p.m. — Dispatch reports that sheriff’s deputies on the scene say everyone is out of the vehicle.

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July 10, 2019 lake test results: Paddock Hooker Lake Association Beach closed to swimming and Silver Lake County Park under swim caution

Paddock Hooker Lake Association beach on Paddock Lake is closed to swimming and the beach at Silver Lake County Park is under a swim caution after testing Tuesday showed elevated E.coli levels there.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when the test results indicate a E.coli level of 300/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL. Wheatland (Lilly Lake) has a policy of posting an advisory for a level of E.coli 235/100 mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

The Tuesday results prompting the closures and caution are:

  • PHLA — 1,414 E.coli/100 mL.
  • Silver Lake County Park — 299 E.coli/100 mL.

Both of the above locations are scheduled to be retested Wednesday.

Other results reported by the Kenosha County Division of Health (unless otherwise noted) are:

Randall (reported by the Randall town government) — Powers Lake, 14 E.coli/100 mL.

Paddock Lake — PHLA, 1,414 E.coli/100 mL ; PHLA diving board (channel) 12 E.coli/100 mL; North Shore Association 3 E.coli/100 mL; Hoag Park Beach 3 E.coli/100 mL.

Salem Lakes — Silver Lake County Park, 299 E.coli/100 mL; Hooker Lake Boat Launch, 19
E.coli/100 mL; Lake Shangri-la #1, 17 E.coli/100 mL; Center Lake, 12 E.coli/100 mL; Camp Lake, 12 E.coli/100 mL.

Twin Lakes — Lance Park Beach on Lake Mary, 7 E.coli/100 mL.

Wheatland — Lilly Lake, 3 E.coli/100mL.

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A word from our sponsors: 2019 Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association golf outing is July 31

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The Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

The 2019 Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association golf outing will take place Wed. July 31.

This 29th annual outing is held at the Twin Lakes Country Club.

Registration is at 10 a.m., with a 11 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch at the turn.

Get your foursome together. Applications available at the chamber call at 262-877-2220 or email at info@twinlakeschamber.com.

Lots of special holes for prizes. Hole-in-one opportunities from Hartnell Chevy. Tee Box Sponsors from Associated Bank, River Ridge Church and Sunset Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning. Also, Mega Putt, raffle prizes, silent auction and ball toss. Lunch at the turn and steak dinner after golf.

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A word from our sponsors: Bristol Progress Days 2019 will be July 12, 13, 14

Note: Bristol Progress Days is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Bristol Progress Days, the annual community festival after the Fourth of July, in Bristol, will take place over three days on July 12, 13, 14.

The theme for this year is “Golden 50th Anniversary.”

The festivities include the Miss Bristol crowning and the Outstanding Citizens Awards, which are announced on Friday at the coronation banquet. The sports tournaments are always a big hit and the fireworks show and parade draw people from all over the southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois area.

Here’s some of the fun at Bristol Progress Days:

CORONATION BANQUET — This year’s Miss Bristol and the Outstanding Citizen announcements are made at the annual banquet held at the Parkway Chateau on Friday evening.

RUN/WALKThis year’s events will again include a 5K run/1.5 mile walk on Saturday morning.

PARADE — The parade known for its large number of varied entries and its abundance of candy treats takes place starting at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The parade route works is way through downtown Bristol and ends at Hansen Park, where the other Progress Days activities are held. Make sure to bring a container for all that candy!

FIREWORKS — The annual fireworks display takes place at dusk on Sunday.

AUCTION — An auction with a live auctioneer will take place Sunday following the parade.

LIVE MUSIC — There will be musical entertainment all nights of Bristol Progress Days. On Friday evening, it’s DJ Kody. Saturday evening In the Stix will be playing. Sunday evening will feature Trip.

SOFTBALL — Softball tournaments will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

KIDS FUN — Saturday is a special one for kids at Progress Days with a kids game area and pedal pull starting at 10 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL — A volleyball tournament will take place at Hansen Park on Saturday.

KICKBALL — New this year will be a kick ball tournament on Saturday. Details here.

BAGGO TOURNAMENT — At the beer garden. More info here.

BALLOON SCULPTURE — Big Balloon Tycoon will be doing their thing from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday.

PIE CONTEST— There will be a pie baking contest on Saturday. Check in time is 1:30 p.m. with judging at 3 p.m. in the West Pavilion. Have you been told your the best baker in town? Well let’s test that theory! Here’s the rules and entry form. Contact Michelle Wade at wadeldscp@frontier.com for more information.

Need more information? Call 857-2447 or visit www.bristolprogressdays.com.

Join Bristol Progress Days on Facebook.

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Hot Wednesday, cooler Thursday

Wednesday will be a hot one, with the high temperature reaching 90 degrees and feeling even warmer, says the latest local National Weather service forecast.

The heat index Wednesday could get as high as 96. Dewpoint could top out at 74.

Bu the swelter won’t last long. Temperatures will start dropping significantly Wednesday evening, bottoming out in the mid 60s. On Thursday, the high is only expected to reach 76, about 15 degrees cooler than Wednesday’s high.

There’s no significant chance of rain for the next seven days so you might want to commit to a garden watering routine.

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Deaths July 9, 2019: Frank J Andrekus

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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Highway MB in Paris to close Sunday; other work continues this week

Work is continuing on Highway MB in Paris this week and a full closure is expected Sunday, the county has announced.

From a news release issued Monday:

Resurfacing work on Kenosha County Highway MB in the Town of Paris will continue this week, with a full closure scheduled for Sunday, July 14. This work will affect the stretch of Highway MB (152nd Avenue) between Highway N (38th Street) and Highway 142 (Burlington Road). Pavement milling is set to start Wednesday, with paving operations to begin Thursday. The road will remain open to traffic these days, although motorists should expect delays due to lane closures and flagging operations. After a hiatus on Friday and Saturday, a full closure of the section of roadway from Highway 142 to just south of the Kenosha Beef main entrance is scheduled for Sunday, to allow for the completion of the paving work. There are no residential or business driveways within the area that will be closed fully. The Kenosha County Division of Highways is working with Kenosha Beef to ensure that truck traffic can reach that business from the south. The work will be conducted on this schedule, weather permitting. Friday and Saturday are contingency days if there is rain on Wednesday or Thursday. Resurfacing of the portion of Highway MB immediately to the south of this area, between Highway K (60thStreet) and Highway N, was completed recently.

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Identity of man who died in Wheatland fire released

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of a man who died in a fire in Wheatland on July 5.

Stanley J. Mesmer, 71, was found dead in his home by fire department personnel.

“This fire is not suspicious in nature,” said a news release issued Tuesday by KCSD. “The cause of the fire is still being investigated and is unknown at this time.”

The fire in the 32200 block of 45th St., Wheatland, was reported at about 5 a.m., on July 5. Personnel from many area fire departments were at the scene including: Town of Wheatland Fire Department, Randall Fire Department, Twin Lakes Fire Department, Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue, Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue City of Burlington Fire Department and Antioch Fire Department.

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Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue adds five firefighter paramedics; names James Lejcar assistant chief

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Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue has hired five new firefighter paramedics and named an assistant chief.

The new hires were selected from a field of 19 qualified applicants.

The following individuals were approved and sworn in at the June 24 Salem Lakes Fire Commission as full time firefighter paramedics for the
village:

  • Nicholas Keller.
  • Nicholas Bonczkowski.
  • Mandalyn Herring.
  • Thomas Heebsh.
  • Shaun Ballenger.


Keller and Bonczkowski were part time members of the department and responded as firefighter paramedics.

Keller is a newly licensed paramedic who is a member of the Bristol Fire Department as a part time/paid on call member.

Bonczkowski is from Racine and was firefighter with the Union Grove Fire Department and works currently as a Critical Care Paramedic with Bell Ambulance in Milwaukee.

Herring is a paramedic firefighter that currently works for the City of Burlington Fire Department as a part time firefighter/EMT and part time paramedic with the Wind Lake Fire Department.

Heebsh is a paramedic firefighter serving as an Advanced EMT for the Tichigan Fire Department and as a paramedic firefighter with the Wind Lake Fire Department.

Ballenger brings in 20 plus years experience serving part time for the Pewaukee Fire Department and is currently a full time lieutenant paramedic with the Bristol Fire Department.

Additionally, the Fire Commission President Michael Blodgett swore in James Lejcar for the position of Assistant Chief. Lejcar was one of three internal candidates considered for promotion to this position.

Assistant Chief Lejcar has approximately 30 years’ experience in emergency services as a firefighter and paramedic.

“His vast experience in emergency medicine, fire suppression, his formal training and on the job experience both the public and private sector has provided a well-rounded skill set that will be important now and in the future endeavors of the department,” said Chief Mike Slover.

Slover also said, on behalf of the Salem Lakes Fire and Rescue Department, he is grateful for the opportunity to interview and assess highly qualified candidates, the department members who assisted with the
interview and assessment process, the Somers Fire Department Chief Carson Wilkinson and Captain Aaron Strom for conducting the physical agility test, support and guidance from the Salem Lakes Fire Commission and the Salem Lakes Village Board for continued support of providing funding and logistical support to ensure the Salem Lakes Fire Rescue Department continues to provide a high level of customer service and delivery of fire protection and emergency medical services for this community.

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Legion Drive to close for repaving

Legion Drive in Twin Lakes will be closing for repaving work starting Tuesday.

Here are the details via the village’s Facebook page:

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Word from our sponsors: Single story office/clinic building for lease in Paddock Lake

Note: The village of Paddock Lake is advertising this leasing opportunity at westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH

For lease, single story office/clinic building containing 2,989 sq. ft., fully ADA accessible, modern, energy efficient masonry building with plenty of windows for natural light.

Layout is conducive for conversion to two separate office suites. Ample accessible parking lot surrounded by professionally maintained landscaping makes this building and site very attractive to customers and clients. In addition, the building is equipped with a dry 1,300 sq. ft. basement capable of storing records and or files.

Property is adjacent to STH 50 with an average daily traffic count of 34,000 vehicles. This building is perfect for a law office, CPA firm, Insurance office, health care clinic, day care, fitness center or business incubator.

Address: 7001-236 th Ave. Paddock Lake, WI.

Contact Tim Popanda, Village Administrator at 262-843-3617 or tpopanda@paddocklake.net.

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Deaths July 8, 2019: Patricia Karpa, Stanley J. Mesmer

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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Five to vie for Miss Bristol title in 2019

The contestants in this year’s Miss Bristol contest have been announced.

The selection of Miss Bristol is one of the activities at the Bristol Progress Days banquet, which takes place on the first day of the annual community festival. Miss Bristol represents the community for the following year.

This year’s Bristol Progress Days will take place July 12-14.

Here are is a little information on this year’s contestants (supplied by the Bristol Progress Days Committee):

Jessie Dahms, 18, graduated from Westosha Central High School.  Her future plan are to attend UW Parkside for Environmental Studies and teach, and someday continue her education in Marine Biology (she took a trip to Baja Mexico to study Marine Biology).  He current activities are Lake Side Clean Up’s, helps people start gardens, educates others about the environment, and she helps clean up the shoreline.  In school she was President if the Environmental Club, Part of Peer Helpers, and Habitat for Humanity.  She also was inducted into The National Honors Society and part of Jazz Band.  Her parents are Harry and Kim Dahms.

Amanda Gorsuch, 16, she will be a Junior at Westosha Central High School.  Her future plans are to attend either UW Lacrosse for Theater or Milwaukee School of Arts and Design for Photography.  For Theater would like to make it to Broadway and for Photography would like to travel around the world.  Her current activities are, she is Vice President of Trinity Teens at her church, helps with Sunday School, and VBS.  She belongs to Bristol Strivers 4-H club and participates at Kenosha County fair where she has won many awards. In school she in the Drama Club and has been inducted into the Thespian Society, where she currently holds the  office of Treasure.  She has participated in all school drama productions either in cast or crew, part of band, choir, and has competed at district Solo Ensemble where she received a 1 which enabled her to go to state.  Her parents are Dr David and  Carol Gorsuch.

Haley Gorsuch, 20, is a Sophmore at University of Wisconsin Whitewater.  Her future plans are to Graduate from the University of Whitewater and become an Elementary Art Teacher.  Her current activities are volunteering at Fast Friends, Westosha Senior Center, and Kenosha Humane Society.  She is a leader for The Trinity Teens at her church, and has help coach Tennis with WKCTA.  In school she was most Improved Player with Westosha Central Tennis, received gold medals at state for forensics all four years.  She a member of American Sign Language Club at UW Whitewater and in joys playing her flute, drawing and painting in her free time.  If you want to find out more about me come to Bristol Progress Days Banquet or the event on July 12-14 at Hansen Park in Bristol where you will find her.  Her parents are Dr Dave and Carol Gorsuch and Bill and Brenda Flesch.

Grace Henningfield, 16, she will be a Junior at Westosha Central High School.  Her future plans are to further he education, to teach, and shape young minds.  Her current activities are volunteering at Bristol Kids Club, part of Bristol Rec softball , and involved with her Christian Youth group.  In school she was on the Honor Roll, received the Falcon Spirit Award, and is on the tennis team.  Her parents are Scott and Jackie Henningfield.

Jennah Miller, 19, she graduated from Abeka Academy.  Her future plans are to attend College to further her education, so she can give care to others like she has received.  Music is also very important to her, she currently teaches vocal and plans to continue giving vocal lessons. Her current activities are that she volunteers at Salem Library for Book Buddies.  She also helps at her church with Puppets, VBS ,  Children’s choir, and has taught Sunday School for three years.  Her parents are Mark and Julie Miller.

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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 a $25 gift card which we are selling for $13.50 (includes $1 processing charge). Gift 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!

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