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

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

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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Lost item: Pedal boat

Randall town Supervisor Mark Halvey reports that the town government has a small pedal boat that apparently went adrift.

Anyone that wants to claim it should call Town Hall at 262-877-2165.

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A word from our sponsors: 2019 Friends of Community Library 4K Halloween Hustle is Oct. 19

From 2018 event. /westofthei.com file photo

Note: This is a paid announcement from Friends of the Community Library. — DH

The third annual 4K Halloween Hustle, sponsored by the Friends of Community Library, will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the KD Park, 8530 352nd Ave., starting at 9 a.m., ending around 11 a.m.

Halloween costumes are welcome.

Fees are $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 14. Light refreshments will be available after the run/walk.

Entry forms can be obtained online at communitylib.org or can be picked up at both the Salem and Twin Lakes branches of Community Library. Registrations should be submitted by Monday, Oct. 14 or at the event.

All funds raised from the Hustle will be used to supplement programs held at the library. Additional sponsors of the Halloween Hustle: Mindy Cooling State Farm; Munster Orchard and Subway (newly remodeled).

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Units responding for crash in Silver Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:18 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash at Highways F and B in Silver Lake.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved.

UDATE 8:20 a.m. — One vehicle has front end damage the other side damage, deputy on the scene reports. Two tow trucks requested. No injuries being reported at this time.

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Temps to take a chilly dip

Temperatures are going to get noticeably chillier Friday, and stay colder for the foreseeable future, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast for Western Kenosha County.

The change will be abrupt on Friday. The high for the day should come at about 7 a.m., at 65 degrees. By 1 p.m., it should be 49.

Friday also should be wet, with a 60 percent chance of rain during the day and a 90 percent chance of rain overnight. We could be very close to a frost, with a low in the low 30s expected.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday’s high temperatures are expected to be in the high 40s. Tuesday and Thursday the high temp should get over 50.

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Units responding for alarm in Paddock Lake

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At about 8:35 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding for an alarm in the 6000 block of 240th Avenue in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: This is a carbon monoxide alarm.

UPDATE 8:53 p.m. — All units returning detector. Alarm due to faulty detector.

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Deaths Oct. 10, 2019: Joan M. Lois

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

The Aging Mastery Program graduates from the Westosha Senior Community Center /Contributed photo

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!

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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Town of Wheatland FD to host pancake breakfast Oct. 13

The Town of Wheatland Fire Department will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Fire Station in New Munster.

Donations will be accepted for the meal. All funds will go directly to the TWFD.

There will be lots of great raffle prizes and great food.

TWFD’s station is located at 34011 Geneva Road, New Munster.

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UPDATE: Inattentive driving cause of crash with school bus

Preliminary investigation of a crash in Powers Lake Wednesday morning in which a pickup truck struck the rear of a Randall School bus suggests is was caused by inattentive driving, a Sheriff’s Department news release said.

The news release in full says:

On October 9, 2019 at 07:30 AM Kenosha Sheriff’s Deputies, Randall Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue Squad were dispatched to a reported injury traffic crash in the 8800 block of 388th Avenue (CTH P). The investigation determined that a Randall School bus with 21 occupants including the operator, was stopped northbound picking up a student.  The bus was appropriately displaying its stop sign and warning lighting.  The bus was struck in the rear by a northbound pickup truck. Thankfully none of the occupants of the school bus reported injuries at the scene, though two students later sought treatment for minor injuries at local medical facilities.  The operator of the pickup truck, a 44-year-old man from Twin Lakes, Wisconsin reported minor injuries but was not transported. The school bus was able to leave the scene under its own power and the students were brought to school.  Parents were notified by the school. The investigation has concluded that inattentive driving is the predominate factor in this crash. This incident could have been very serious, we urge the public to pay attention to the road, and be aware of school busses stopping to pick-up and drop-off children on our County Highways.

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Units responding for crash in Salem

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2:23 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding for a report of a crash at a gas station in the 8200 block of Antioch Road (Highway 83) in Salem.

Per dispatch: This is for a car that struck a gas pump. Gas can be smelled in the area. No injuries being reported at this time.

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Deputy responding for road hazard in Paris

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:43 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy is responding to the intersection of Highway 45 and Highway NN for a report of a road hazard.

Per dispatch: Caller reports two tires in the intersection.

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Units responding for crash in Powers Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:33 a.m., Randall Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units, sheriff’s deputies and a Twin Lakes Police officer are responding to a report of a crash in the 8800 block of 388th Avenue in Powers Lake.

Per dispatch: A pick-up truck appears to have rear-ended a stopped school bus. Students are on the bus. Truck is leaking fluid.

UPDATE about 7:38 a.m. — Unit at the scene reports fluid appears to be engine coolant. Scene is blocking the roadway. Emergency personnel at the scene reports bus driver would like to be checked out for injuries and no apparent injuries to students.

UPDATE 7:58 a.m. — Richmond Fire and Rescue requested to respond to the scene with an ambulance.

UPDATE about 8:10 a.m. — Tow truck requested for pick-up truck.

UPDATE 8:17 a.m. — Deputy reports to dispatch that neither bus driver nor any students are being transported to a hospital for treatment.

UPDATE 8:38 a.m. — Deputy reports to dispatch that battery box of truck is now on fire.

UPDATE 2:34 p.m. — More details available here in news release from KCSD.

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

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.

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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Sheriff’s Department warns of scams aimed at seniors

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents to beware of a rash of home improvement scams often aimed at senior citizens.

From the KCSD Facebook page:

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Paris to hold Community Informational Open House on Oct. 17

Paris will be holding an Community Informational Open House on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Paris School gymnasium, located at 1901 176th Ave.

“The Paris Plan Commission was looking for a way to gather more feedback from town residents about land planning,” said town Chairman John Holloway. “The idea of holding a town information open house grew out of that need.  The intent is to have as people representing various committees in the town as well as groups with projects planned in the town to all gather in one place and allow town residents meet with them on a very informal basis to gather info, ask questions and share feedback.”

The format will be an open house style gathering with no presentations. Each invited group will have a table and representatives for residents to approach and visit with. Maps and other information will be available
for viewing.

By providing multiple groups covering the majority of areas currently active in the town, it is hoped that residents who might not otherwise attend a meeting or a hearing might attend to become better informed
and have their questions answered.

Invitees include:

  • Paris Town Board.
  • Paris Plan Commission.
  • Town of Paris Legacy Committee.
  • WI DOT.
  • Paris Solar Farm/Invenergy.
  • We Energies / Pipeline projects.
  • Paris Fire and Rescue Department.
  • Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Paris Grade School.
  • Pheasant Run Landfill.
  • Paris Memorial Committee.
  • County Board Supervisor Mike Skalitzky; State Representative Samantha Kerkman; State Senator Van Wanggaard; County Executive Jim Kreuser; US Representative Bryan Steil’s office.
  • UW Extension.

Enough members of the Town Board, Plan Commission, Legacy Committee, Memorial Committee and Paris School Board of Education may be in attendance to create quorums of those boards. The purpose of the session is to share and gather information. No actions will be taken by any of the boards or committees at this meeting.

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