Garage sales page updated

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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Local fire department responding for mutual aid to Zion

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At about 9:27 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue is responding for mutual aid to the Zion Fire Department.

Per dispatch: Response is for a structure fire in the 2100 block of Hebron in Zion.

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Deaths Oct. 17, 2019: Shirley J. Gieseke

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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St. Alphonsus 2019 Fall Festival and Turkey dinner is Oct. 20

St. Alphonsus Church’s 93rd annual Fall Festival and Turkey dinner is Oct. 20.

Dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There also will be bingo, games, raffles, bake sale and refreshments from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sweets & Things Auction will take place 6 p.m. Cash and meat raffle drawing after the auction.

Tickets for Beef, Pork & Poultry Raffle: $3 each, 2 for $5, 10 for $20, 30 for $50. Tickets available in Parish Office 262-537-4370 ext. 201. All meat locally raised, includes basic processing.

St. Alphonsus Church is located at 6211 344th Ave., New Munster.

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Deputies on scene of crash on Highway KR

The following news release was issued by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department via email at about 4:56 p.m.:

The Sheriff’s Department is currently on the scene of a vehicle crash that occurred today at 4:08 p.m. involving a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle in the 14400 block of Highway KR / 1st Street.  Westbound traffic on Highway KR is closed at 120th Avenue, and eastbound Highway KR traffic is closed in the 15900 block as the investigation is conducted.  Motorists in the area are encouraged to use alternates routes including 120th Avenue, Highway A / 7th Street, and Highway D/172nd Avenue.  Further information will be released as it becomes available.”

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Slow no wake lifted for Powers Lake, Lake Benedict

A slow, no wake order for Powers Lake and Lake Benedict has been lifted, Randall town Chairman Bob Stoll announced Friday.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding,” Stoll said in an email distributed to government officials and news media.

The slow no wake order had been ordered Oct. 10.

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A word from our sponsors: Wisconsin Emissions Testing available at Wilmot Auto Service

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Note: 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.

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. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 68 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.Paragraph

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

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Union Grove United Methodist Church to host turkey dinner Oct. 19

Union Grove United Methodist Church will host is 65th Annual Turkey Dinner  on Saturday, Oct. 19

Served will be turkey, whipped potatoes, gravy, stuffing, dinner rolls, cranberries, corn, creamed green beans, pie, and beverage.  Available for dine in carryout.  Tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 – 10 yrs. and under 5 yrs. is free.  

Serving will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 906 12th Ave., Union Grove. For tickets or information please contact 262-878-1248.

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Units responding to Wilmot UHS for medical call

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At about 1:52 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to Wilmot Union High School for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient has a finger injury.

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A word from our sponsors: The Aging Mastery Program® starting at Westosha Senior Community Center Oct. 24

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Note: This is a paid announcement from Westosha Senior Community Center. — DH

National Council on Aging’s Aging Mastery Program® is coming to Westosha Senior Community Center on Oct. 24.

Build your own personal playbook for aging well. This fun, innovative program empowers you to take key steps to improve your quality of life, add stability to daily living, and strengthen ties to your community. Meet new friends and provide encouragement to one another as you take the Aging Mastery journey together!

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The Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) encourages mastery, empowering older adults to make important changes that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security, and overall well-being. By participating in this 5-week program, you will:

  • Gather on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 to Nov. 21.
  • Receive $60 in class materials for a $25 fee.
  • Enjoy morning refreshments and a healthy lunch.
  • Make and maintain small but important changes in your health behaviors, financial well-being and enrichment in later life.
  • Get REAL incentives and rewards for taking small steps that can improve your well-being.
  • Hear from local expert speakers that specialize in the specific senior-related topics for discussion.
  • Meet new friends, provide support and encouragement to your peers, and become more involved in your community.
  • AMP incorporates evidence-informed materials, expert speakers, group discussion, peer support, and small rewards to give participants the skills and tools to achieve measurable improvements.

To register: call the Center at 262-891-3436, email
director@westoshaseniorcenter.com, or go to
westoshaseniorcenter.com.

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Fox River below flood stage

The Fox River has receded back under flood stage, as measured at the New Munster gauge.

The river slipped under flood stage of 11 feet on Monday night. As of 7 p.m., the river was at 10.94 feet.

The next most likely chances for rain are Saturday and Monday, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast.

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A word from our sponsors: Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club seeking vendors for 8th Annual Craft Fair on Nov. 10

Note: This is a paid announcement from Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club . — DH

The Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club is hosting its 8th Annual Craft Fair on Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The craft fair will be held at the Trevor-Wilmot School along with the pancake breakfast.  The club is currently looking for vendors to participate.  For $25, each vendor will get a 10’ x 10’ area and 2 chairs.  Anyone interested should contact Rachel Redding at carp0208@earthlink.net before Nov. 1 for more details.

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Deaths Oct. 15, 2019: Dennis Vogel, Richard J. Peuckert Jr., Richard Mazurk

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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Central HS marching band in 2019 Chicago Columbus Day Parade

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The Central High School Marching Falcons band marched in the 2019 Chicago Columbus Day Parade Monday.

This is the band’s 10th year marching in the parade.

Here is a link to video of a Chicago TV station’s coverage of the parade. Central appears at the 8:55 mark in part three. (You can fast forward through part two and then part three will start. Then you can fast forward to 8:55 to see Central). Central was the first high school marching band appearing so they explain a contest the parade is holding this year (see below) while Central marches by so they get a lot of screen time. One of the announcers butchers the pronunciation of Westosha, but the others get it right.

If you liked that performance, you can help the Central band earn some money for its program. The committee that runs the parade is running an internet contest that will select the most popular band entry. Voting is here and is open until Oct. 20. The winner will receive $2,000.

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Deaths Oct. 14, 2019: Carol E. Fliess, Gerald S. “Jerry” Rasmussen

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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Salem Lakes and Randall Fire responding to alarm

12:00 p.m. – Salem Lakes and Randall Fire are responding to a smoke alarm in the 600 Block of Cogswell Dr.

Update: 12:10 p.m. – Fire is out, light smoke in the apartment.

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A word from our sponsors: Wheatland School District seeking substitute teachers

Note: This is a paid announcement from the Wheatland School District. — DH

The Wheatland School District is currently looking for dynamic and energetic substitute teachers who will work collaboratively with grade-level and departmental colleagues. The substitute teacher is expected to create a safe and welcoming environment that nurtures creativity and innovation.

$130.00/day

Schedules can be half or full day; school schedule is 7:50 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Please click here for more information on this and other positions available.

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Units responding for crash in Camp Lake

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At about 7:58 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash in the 11500 block of 275th Avenue in Camp Lake.

Per dispatch: This is a one vehicle crash, where vehicle has struck a fence.

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A word from our sponsors: Oct. 13, 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):

10975 14th Ct, Pleasant Prairie

2801 168th Ave, Kenosha

23604 81st Pl, Salem

6231 373rd Ave, Burlington

35025 Geneva Rd, Burlington

6618 244th Ave, Salem

6307 240th Ave, Salem

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2019 Paris School Panther Prowl coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

The 14th annual Panther Prowl took place at Paris Consolidated School, 1901 176th Avenue, on a windy Saturday afternoon.  

The 3rd – 5th graders walking their time.

The walk-a-thon had to be moved to the playground after the rain storms in the days preceding. Each student gathered pledges for walking a predetermined amount of time. Since it was moved to the smaller area, instead of the larger oval on the grass, they actually had to walk, no running. At times, Parry the Panther, the school mascot, walked with them. Sponsors cover the costs of the event so money raised goes back to the school and students.

One of the popular things for students to do is throw wet sponges at their principal, Mr. Roger Gahart.
Lots of bake sale items.
Many donated and student created auction items.
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A word from our sponsors: Central HS Music Parents Association 19th annual arts and craft fair is Nov. 9

Note: Central HS Music Parents Association is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Come join us for the 19th annual arts and craft fair at Westosha Central High School held on Saturday, November 9, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Dozens of booths will be set up in the gymnasium located at 24617 75th Street in Paddock Lake.  Shoppers will find holiday gifts, warm winter fashions, creative arts, bake sale, concessions, drawings, and performances from the performing arts programs.

This event is hosted by the Music Parents Association for the purpose of promoting and supporting the performing arts.  Please come and enjoy.

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Girl Scout Troop 9313 installs Little Free Libraries at Salem School

Girl Scout Troop 9313 of Salem has constructed two Little Free Libraries placed at Salem Grade School to earn the Bronze award. This is the highest award a Junior (4th & 5th grade) can earn. The Bronze award must address an issue in the community, be sustainable and provide a beneficial service to the community. Each girl must put in twenty hours of work towards the project to earn the award.

The girls chose to build Little Free Libraries to promote literacy at school and in the community. Building strong reading habits starts at an early age and access to books is a luxury not everyone has. By building and stocking the Little Free Libraries the scouts are providing resources for children at school and families in the community. The Little Free Library movement is based on the “take a book, leave a book” principle. A Little Free Library provides all day, year round access to books for everyone. There are over 90,000 Little Free Libraries in over 90 countries with millions of books being exchanged annually.

The girls of Troop 9313 researched different Little Free Library designs. The troop raised funds, built and painted the libraries. The girls learned basic carpentry skills and used various hand tools and power tools, many for the first time. Finally, the troop collected book donations to stock the shelves.

The two Little Free Libraries installed at Salem School Sept. 25.

(Not in pictured order) Lindsay Boldt, Rachel Bracey, Lily Garland, Lily Hendrickson, Aubrey Reeves, Trinity Shook, Gracie Taylor, Sophie Watson, Marley White, and Sophia Rasch. /Contributed photo
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A word from our sponsors: Oct. 12, 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):

6231 373rd Ave, Burlington

233 Christie Ln, Twin Lakes

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Reader’s photos: Sunrise over Silver Lake

Juddie Brandes shares this photo of this spectacular sunrise over Silver Lake.

Juddie took the photo Thursday morning. Thanks for sharing it, Juddie.

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Deaths Oct. 11, 2019: Duane A. Van Wie

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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Fox River under 12 feet; flood warning still in effect

The Fox River, as measured at the New Munster gauge, has slipped below 12 feet, but it drop may flatten some by recent rain.

As of 5 p.m., Friday, the river was at 11.7 feet. Flood stage is 11.57 feet. A National Weather Service flood warning remains in effect.

With some more rain, the river’s drop is forecast to flatten out some over the next couple of days. The current river forecast does not see the river dropping below flood stage until Wednesday morning.

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Bristol Deputy David Gomez honored with 2019 First Responder of the Year Award for 61st Assembly Dist.

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem Lakes) presented the First Responder of the Year Award for the 61st Assembly District to Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputy David Gomez at a ceremony in Madison on Thursday.

Gomez joined 79 other first responders at the State Capitol to receive this award and be honored by the Wisconsin State Assembly. 

Deputy Gomez has served the department for 14 years and is assigned to patrol the village of Bristol.  Village of Bristol Fire Chief John Niederer nominated Gomez for this award. 

Said Kerkman:

We owe a debt of gratitude to our first responders who keep us safe every day. I am pleased to honor Deputy Gomez today for doing just that.  He does not hesitate to assist Village of Bristol staff and residents in times of need and does it with professionalism and a positive attitude.  He has also helped numerous individuals who would not have survived without his assistance.  It is first responders like Deputy Gomez who help make Kenosha County a safe place to live.  That’s why I selected him as the First Responder of the Year for the 61st Assembly District.”

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Freeze warning issued

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Saturday morning for Kenosha County.

The warning is set to be in effect from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m., Saturday. Our local low temperatures is forecast to dip to 30.

Says the NWS:

A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

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A word from our sponsors: Westosha Sports Complex hosting Tues./Wed Golf League

This is a paid announcement from Westosha Sports Complex. — DH

Westosha Sports Complex in Silver Lake is hosting a Tuesday/Wednesday Golf League.

The 12 week 9 Hole Tuesday Golf League starts week of 10/22/19; see schedule located at the bottom.
$20 per player per week, 3 installment payments of $80. First is required date of signing up, second due 10/22/19, third is due 12/3/19.

First 8 players to sign up get choice of 5:00 or 7:00 tee time. 
Handicap is established after playing 45 holes. Once established we will apply handicap to the previous weeks. If a player already has an E6 handicap net scores will be tallied effective week one.

A different 9 will be played each week. Tee boxes set at “blue” tees
Putting will be set up as a gimmie within 8 feet. Putting can be done from any spot within the simulator. If you are not on the green you must putt from a point even with the tee. When in the sand you must use the #5 blue tee.

Total net score for entire league will decide winner of the league 
Any missed weeks must be made up no later than 7 days before the final day of league play, and can only be made up during the week, NO WEEKENDS. If missing weeks are not made up you forfeit and cannot win any prize money.

$5 per week per player will go towards prize pool 1st (40%), 2nd (30%), 3rd (20%), and last place (10%) will be awarded prize money.

Dates of play: 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28.

Call 262-885-6110 or click here for more information or to register.

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Paris School Organization’s 13th Annual Panther Prowl Walk-a-Thon is Oct. 14

The Paris School Organization’s 14th annual Panther Prowl Walk-a-Thon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 from noon until 5 p.m. at Paris School, 1901-176 th Ave.

This year’s family-friendly event will feature a pig roast, the student walk-a-thon, silent auction, concessions, 50/50 raffles and lots of fun.

Generous Premier Panther Prowl event sponsors ensure that 100% of student pledges will directly benefit Paris School.

Contributions from community members and local businesses are welcomed through Panther Prowl event day. Please contact Beth LaBell, Panther Prowl Coordinator, at (262) 515-3175 to contribute.

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