OakVue Farm live nativity for 2019 is Dec. 13 and 14

A scene from a previous live nativity at OakVue Farm. /westofthei.com file photo

The local holiday tradition of the live nativity at OakVue Farm in Bristol continues in 2019.

The live nativity — which includes live animals — will be presented Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, evening.

On Friday, the approximately 45-minute program will take place at 6 and 7:45 p.m.

On Saturday, the program will be at 2, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The nativity started out as a project of the Gillmore family and a few friends and neighbors, said Ed Gillmore. But as the years have gone on, people have experienced the nativity and have wanted to help out too. Besides the people portraying the various people in the story, live animals are used. There also is a choir that accompanies the scenes with music.

There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted.

The farm is located at 14700 104th St. (Highway Q) about 1.5 miles west of I-94 in Bristol.

Call 262-960-9188 for more information.

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2019 Town of Wheatland Fire Department Auxiliary Pictures with Santa coverage (PHOTOS)

The Town of Wheatland Fire Department Auxiliary hosted its annual Pictures with Santa event Sunday at the firehouse in New Munster.

The event gives local kids a chance to talk and pose for a photo with Santa, who in this venue uses the back of a TWFD truck as his chair.

Youngsters also were able to have cookies and make an ornament

Here are some more photos from the event:

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A word from our sponsors: Dec. 8, 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):

15620 12th St, Kenosha

9113 256th Ave, Salem

23702 80th Pl, Salem

35025 Geneva Rd, Burlington

6231 373rd Ave, Burlington

9113 256th Ave, Salem

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2019 Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue Santa coverage (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

Santa visited with local children at the Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue Station Saturday morning.

Santa toured the village on a fire truck before coming to the station.

Besides talking to Santa and posting for a photo, children were able to pick out a pre-Christmas gift and have a snack of a hot dog and cookies.

Here’s video of Santa’s arrival:

Here are some more photos from the event:

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2019 Bristol Fire and Rescue Pancake Breakfast coverage (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

The Bristol Fire Department welcomed the community to its home for hearty food and some holiday fun Saturday morning at the department’s annual Pancake Breakfast.

The event featured musical performances from the Bristol School jazz band and Jazz Central from Central High School, crafts, visits and photos with Santa and pancakes and sausage.

Admission to the event was a food donation for The Sharing Center or a new top for Toys for Tots.

Here is some video of the Bristol jazz band performing:

Here is video of Santa’s arrival:

Here are some more photos from the event:

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A word from our sponsors: Dec. 7, 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):

4101 5th Pl, Kenosha

2801 168th Ave, Kenosha

 

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Deaths Dec. 6, 2019: George Joseph Felleti

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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2019 Twin Lakes Trees on Parade & Holiday Shopping coverage (PHOTOS)

The Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association Trees on Parade & Holiday Shopping 2019 kicked off Friday at St. John the Evangelist Church Community Center, 701 Lake Ave., Twin Lakes.

The event includes: Decorated tree contest, holiday shopping with crafters and retail vendors, Gingerbread House Contest, Kids Korner with crafts and activities for the little ones, Door Prize and Raffle table, visits with Santa on Saturday. There is a charge for admission.

The two day event continues Saturday, with hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Food will be available for lunch on Saturday.

Here are some more photos from Friday:

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2019 Twin Lakes Tree Lighting coverage (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Twin Lakes kicked off the holiday season with the annual Christmas tree lighting in Central Park Friday evening.

The event, organized by the Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association, drew a crowd that filled the park at its peak. Local Boy Scouts sold treats and hot chocolate and there was a model train display that incorporated the theme of a Charlie Brown Christmas.

Choir and band students from Wilmot Union High School, Lakewood School, Riverview School, Trevor-Wilmot School and Wheatland Center School performed seasonal music in the lead up to the tree lighting.

Here is a video sample of the performances:

Santa arrived on a Twin Lakes Fire Department truck. This year, Santa and village President Howard Skinner had a new way to light the tree — a remote control. Here’s the video:

Here are some more photos:

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Central HS Holiday Band Concert is Dec. 11

The Central High School Bands will perform the 2019 Holiday Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 11, starting at 7 p.m.

Audience members can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and candy canes as they listen to holiday music.  Join the band students by wearing your favorite ugly holiday sweater. 

All CHS Band concerts are free admission.

Concert Band will perform Rejoice the Season! by Rob Romeyn, Jing, Jing, Jingle arr. by Chris Sharp and selections from The Polar Express by Alan Silvestri.

Symphonic Band will perform Fantasy on Deck the Hall by Richard Saucedo, Bell Carol A La Big Band arr by Rob Romeyn and Christmas Declaration by Robert W. Smith.

Wind Ensemble will perform A Christmas Fantasy arr. by Roland Barrett, Blues for Santa arr. by Robert W. Smith and Sparkling Lights by Matt Conaway.

The concert will conclude with performances from Jazz Central. They are performing A Not So Silent Night arr. by Mike Collins-Dowden, Jazzin’ Merry Gentlemen arr. by Larry Neeck, Holly & Ivy arr. by Ryan Fraley, and A Big Band Christmas II arr. by Carl Strommen. 

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A word from our sponsors: 2019 Paddock Lake Lighted Holiday Parade is Dec. 14

From last year's parade.
From a past parade.

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

Paddock Lake’s 7th annual Holiday Parade will be on Dec. 14, starting at 4 p.m.

Village Board and staff invite all residents young and old to participate in the Village of Paddock Lake 6th Annual Christmas Parade. The parade will start at McAlonan Park and arrive at the Village Hall. The parade will feature decorated floats, Christmas carolers and Santa.

The parade route will follow the same route as the bike parade. Residents will be treated to cookies and milk. For the children, Santa will pose for pictures at Village Hall.

Any resident interested in participating or volunteering their talents and time may contact the village administrator Tim Popanda at 262-843-
2713.

Questions can be directed to Popanda or Michelle Shramek at 262-843-2713.

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Brighton School collecting items for Union Grove veterans home

Brighton School is spearheading a drive to benefit a group of veterans living in Union Grove.

Items sought include fun size candy bars, bags of individually wrapped chocolate candy for prizes, diet and regular soda, Walmart gift cards, subscriptions to “Reminisce” magazine, young living essential oils (thieves, lemon, orange, peppermint, purification), essential oils diffusers (Amazon UR Power 1,000 ml essential oil diffuser $30.59), kleenex (no aloe or lotion), and wheelchair ponchos.  A complete list of items can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs website: https://dva.wi.gov/PublishingImages/Pages/veteransHomes/VHDonations/Union%20Grove%20Wish%20List-current.pdf.  Brighton Elementary School and the Brighton Town Hall will be accepting donations up until Dec. 17.  The items will be delivered to The Veterans Home at Union Grove on Dec. 19.   

In 2018, the school invited The Chimers to perform at its Veterans Day program with our own Brighton Stars.  The Chimers are a musical performing group that resides at The Veterans Home at Union Grove. 

“We found that the individually wrapped chocolate candy was a donation item our kids could really get behind and they did not disappoint,” said Beth Gillette, of the school’s administrative office staff. “I believe we had about 4 or 5 extra large boxes of candy to send home with the veterans that day.”

Because the school’s Veterans Day program did not lineup with The Chimers schedule this year, it was decided that the opportunity to have The Chimers and students perform together again needed to happen in a different way, Gillette explained. A daytime performance was added to the Annual Christmas Sing-A-Long to accommodate the group’s travel hours.  All students were given copies of a wish list and donations started pouring in.   So many in fact that the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are having a contest to see which class donates the most items.   

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Christian Lutheran Church annual Christmas concert is Dec. 7

Christian Lutheran Church will host its annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 7, starting at 6 p.m.

The concert will feature performances by Riverport Chorus and Alleluia Bell Choir. This free event will feature holiday fun and include cookies and beverages at intermission.

Christ Lutheran Church is located at 24929 75th Street in Paddock Lake.

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Randall closes 96th Street in North Nippersink

Despite pumping at Nippersink Bowl, Randall is closing a portion of 96th St between 401 Ave and 399th Ave in the North Nippersink Subdivision, town Chairman Bob Stoll announced Thursday night.

The road will remain closed until further notice, Stoll said.

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Missing pets: German shorthair pointer

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German Shorthair Pointer dog, Troy has been missing since Nov. 19, 2019 around 7 pm. He’s dark brown, 70 pounds, male, not neutered, was wearing dog tag with his name.

Troy was last seen in the Silver Lake area on Nov. 28.

Contact Nancy Kurtz if you know anything about this dog at 262-914-1821 and 262-914-1851.

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Paddock Lake to have 2019 Holiday Decorating Contest

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Paddock Lake residents, get decorating!

The village of Paddock Lake is having a 2019 Holiday Decorating Contest.

Judging of holiday displays throughout the village will take place Dec. 21 by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. Make sure you have your lights and decorations on that day from 6 to 9 p.m. to be considered.

Winners will receive $50 for first prize, $25 for second prize and $25 for third prize. Prize money for this contest is donated by westofthei.com.

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Units responding for burning in Trevor

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At about 10:26 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding for a report of burning in the 26100 block of 104th Street in Trevor.

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Units responding for alarm in Salem

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At about 10:23 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding for an alarm in the 23300 block of 87th Street in Salem.

Per dispatch: This is a carbon monoxide alarm. No one is reporting symptoms of CO exposure.

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Wilmot UHS bands to perform A Musical Gift concert Dec. 11

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The Wilmot High School bands will perform “A Musical Gift” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11th in the Lance Haas Auditorium for the Performing Arts at 11112 308th Avenue, Wilmot, Wisconsin.

The Wind Ensemble will perform “Amparito Roca” by Jaime Texidor, “Entry March of the Boyars” by Johan Halvorsen, and “Among The Clouds” by Brian Bamages

The concert band will perform “Appalachian Morning” by Robert Sheldon and “Nostalgia” by Rossano Galante and the percussion ensemble will perform “Quest for Santa” by Lorianne Kenney.

The concert is rounded out by the jazz ensemble performing “Jive at Five” by Count Basie, “Four” by Miles Davis, “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock, and “Sway” by Pablo Ruiz featuring vocalist Emma Perrine.

As a finale, all students will join together on stage to perform Alfred Reed’s 1944 masterpiece, “Russian Christmas Music.”

The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information please contact band director John Sorensen at sorensenj@wilmoths.k12.wi.us

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A word from our sponsors: Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association Trees on Parade 2019 is Dec 6 & 7

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

Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association Trees on Parade 2019 will take place Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at St. John the Evangelist Church Community Center, 701 Lake Ave., Twin Lakes.

This year’s marks the 13th 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.
  • Santa will travel to Trees on Parade after the Village Tree Lighting arriving at St. John’s about 5:45pm and visit with children. Santa will be at Trees on Parade on Friday & Saturday
  • 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. 6. Students from local schools will perform carols starting at 4:15 p.m. The Boy Scouts will sell cookies and hot chocolate at the event. At 5:30 p.m. Village President Howard Skinner and Santa will light the tree. A reading of “Peanuts, It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas” will take place in the chamber office after the tree lighting.

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

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Deaths Dec. 4, 2019: John C. Gitzinger, John Richard Delcorps

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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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Town of Wheatland Fire Department Auxiliary hosting Pictures with Santa Dec. 8

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Come see Santa at the Wheatland Fire House on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10:30 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.

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Twin Lakes considering deactivating Cemetery Board

The Twin Lakes Village Board is considering deactivating its Cemetery Board.

At Monday’s committee of the whole meeting, Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald, who is the Village Board’s representative to the Cemetery Board, proposed the action. The Cemetery Board, he said, doesn’t in practice have much to do, but still is required to meet twice a year.

The village owns Mound Prairie Cemetery.

The main purpose of creating the Cemetery Board was for the acquisition of land, Fitzgerald said. He doesn’t anticipate that being a need in the foreseeable future. If needed, it could be reactivated, he suggested.

Changing the Cemetery Board’s role was supported by Cemetery Board member Russ Say at the meeting.

“I see no reason to maintain the Cemetery Board,” Say said. Possibly, one person could keep an eye on the cemetery as needed, he added.

The board is expected to consider the matter for formal action at a future meeting.

The village took a somewhat similar action with the Park Board, reducing the number of times it was required to meet.

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Deaths Dec. 3, 2019: Sherry Branham Napier, Dale R. Coss

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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Santa to visit kids at Twin Lakes Fire Department on Dec. 7

Santa will be visiting children at the Twin Lakes Fire Department station on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids can have their photo taken with Santa at the event. There also will be cookies and drinks available.

The Twin Lakes Fire Department and Rescue Squad station is located at 236 E Main St., Twin Lakes.

Santa will also be out driving around that morning around town. Be looking for him in your neighborhood!

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Units responding to Bristol School for medical call

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At about 1:20 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to Bristol school for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient is having an allergic reaction.

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A word from our sponsors: 2019 Paddock Lake Lighted Holiday Parade is Dec. 14

From last year's parade.
From a past parade.

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

Paddock Lake’s 7th annual Holiday Parade will be on Dec. 14, starting at 4 p.m.

Village Board and staff invite all residents young and old to participate in the Village of Paddock Lake 6th Annual Christmas Parade. The parade will start at McAlonan Park and arrive at the Village Hall. The parade will feature decorated floats, Christmas carolers and Santa.

The parade route will follow the same route as the bike parade. Residents will be treated to cookies and milk. For the children, Santa will pose for pictures at Village Hall.

Any resident interested in participating or volunteering their talents and time may contact the village administrator Tim Popanda at 262-843-
2713.

Questions can be directed to Popanda or Michelle Shramek at 262-843-2713.

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2019 Bristol Fire Dept. annual pancake breakfast is Dec. 7

From a previous year’s event. /westofthei.com file photo

The 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Bristol Fire Department will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8 to 11 a.m., at 19801 83rd St., Bristol.

Admission is two non-perishable food items per person for The Sharing Center or one unwrapped toy per person for Toys for Tots.

The event will include:

  • 8:30 a.m. — Bristol School Band performance.
  • 9 a.m. — Central Jazz Band performance.
  • 9-11 a.m. — Pictures with Santa and Card Making for Meals on Wheels Recipients.
  • 10 a.m. — Sparky, the fire dog mascot.
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Home and Community Education annual Cookie Sale is Dec. 6

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Home and Community Education of Kenosha County will host their annual Cookie Sale, Friday, Dec. 6, from 930 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until all goodies are sold). Cookies sell for $8 per package, and assorted breads, candy and caramel corn will also be available.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Kenosha County HCE Family Member Scholarship Fund.

Cookie Sale locations are:

  • Trustone Credit Union, 6715 Green Bay Road, Kenosha.
  • Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha.
  • Community State Bank, 25360 75th St., Paddock Lake.

For more information contact Donna at 262-857-7502 and leave a message.

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Kenosha County deputies to continue to enforce marijuana laws here despite upcomning change in Illinois law

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department made the following announcement Monday regarding the upcoming legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Illinois:

In the coming weeks legalized recreational marijuana will begin in the state of Illinois. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department recognizes that residents of Wisconsin can now travel to Illinois and consume recreational marijuana in Illinois. In an effort to prevent confusion for the community traveling between the states Sheriff David Beth reminds everyone that Wisconsin state laws and Kenosha’s local ordinances have not changed and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department will
continue to operate as normal enforcing these laws and ordinances. Our deputies will continue their duties educating people about the laws of controlled substances and the dangers of driving under the influence. It is going to be business as usual for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. We will still enforce Wisconsin law even though the substance was legally purchased in Illinois. The public is encouraged to report any illegal drug activity to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department 262-605-5100 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers 262-656-7333.”

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