Deaths May 21, 2019: Eva Feltner, Delmar J. Kaisler

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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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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. and Saturday 7:30 to 11 a.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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Salem Lakes to consider regulating vaping under 18

The Salem Lakes Village Board is going to look into further regulating vaping by those under 18 years of age.

Village President Diann Tesar put the subject on the agenda of Monday’s committee of the whole after hearing from constituents who said they were interested in seeing the age of legal vaping raised to 21 from the current 18.

Tesasr said she didn’t think raising the age was necessarily fair given that the legal smoking age is 18, but she was in favor of better addressing underage vaping.

The Center on Addiction defines vaping as:


… the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. 

There are at least two vaping businesses in the village. In addition, some convenience stores also sell vaping supplies.

Interim village administrator Mike Murdock said one way to better enforce underage vaping suggested by the the Sheriff’s Department is to regulate the possession of vaping cartridges as well as related devices under a local ordinance. Violations under a local ordinance are adjudicated in municipal court, not Circuit Court.

“They’d rather have a local, municipal court judge deal with it,” Murdock said.

Having the ordinance address underage possession of vaping equipment — not just the cartridge which can easily be hidden or discarded — also would help law enforcement, Murdock said.

“Then it becomes a little more enforceable,” Murdock said.

Murdock, a member of the Trevor-Wilmot School District Board, and Tesar, a teacher at Central High School, confirmed that vaping is becoming a problem in schools.

“It’s an epidemic at the high schools,” Tesar said.

Added Murdock: “It’s really become an issue all the way down to fifth and sixth graders.”

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Units responding for arcing wires in Twin Lakes

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At about 8:46 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding for a report of arcing wires in the 1200 block of Legion Drive in Twin Lakes.

UPDATE 8:53 p.m. — Dispatch reports: Utility company crew responding.

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Deaths May 20, 2019: Perry Keith Hellum

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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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Units responding to alarm in Trevor

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At about 3:02 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to an alarm in the the 11200 block of 251st Avenue in Trevor.

Per dispatch: This is a residential supervisory alarm.

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Units responding to alarm in Twin Lakes

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At about 3 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a fire alarm in the 600 block of North Lake Avenue in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: No smoke or flames reported seen inside building.

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A word from our sponsors; Kenosha County ADRC hosting free Lunch & Learn for caregivers on May 30

Note: This is a paid announcement from the Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center.

The Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is offering a FREE Lunch & Learn for Caregivers on Thursday, May 30, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Westosha Senior Community Center, 19200 93rd St. (Highway C), Bristol.

The topic will be: Safety & Dementia, Practical Tips for Caregivers.

Soup, sandwiches, salad and fruit will be served as part of the senior dining program. Registration is required to meet dining needs.

For more information or to register please call the Kenosha County ADRC at 262-605-6646 OR 800-472-8008 to RSVP.

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Local fire departments responding for mutual aid to Antioch

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At about 3:15 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and Bristol Fire and Rescue units are responding to a request for mutual aid from the Antioch Fire Department.

Per dispatch: Salem Lakes is requested to respond with a tender (water tanker) and Bristol with a ladder truck to a structure fire in the 22300 block of West Lee Drive, Antioch.

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Units responding for crash in Paddock Lake

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At about 1:34 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash in the 25500 block of 75th Street (Highway 50) in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: This is at a gas station. Injuries being reported.

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A word from our sponsors: May 19, 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):

2801 168th Ave, Kenosha

23410 112th St, Trevor

8136 203rd Ave, Bristol

602 East St, Silver Lake

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Deaths May 18, 2019: Thomas J. Chack, Ursula Augusta Zenker (nee Holtzheimer), Anne F. Kaddatz

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: Savvy Caregiver Training Program offered for family caregivers of persons with dementia

Note: This is a paid announcement from the Kenosha County Aging & Disability Center. — DH

The Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center together with the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a professional-level training for the non-professional caregiver. The classes are Tuesdays, June 11 – July 16, 2019, 4 – 6 p.m. at the Community Library, 24615 89th Street, Salem.

During this 6-week training, participants will gain knowledge to manage daily care of their loved one, skills to assess the abilities of their family member and learn how adjust the approach if needed, plus the confidence to set and achieve caregiving goals. A caregiver manual and online caregiving tools will also be provided. The Savvy Caregiver training is free to Kenosha County residents and $30 for out-of-county residents, however scholarships are available. Registration is required.

For more information, if you need care for your loved one in order to attend, and/or to register please call Susan Johnson, Kenosha County ADRC at 262-605-6602.

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Wheatland Center School raises $8,505 for the American Heart Association

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The Wheatland J1 School District (Wheatland Center School) recently teamed up with the American Heart Association to raise $8,505.

The fundraiser kicked off on April 2 for the Kindergarten through 4th grade students. This included the chance for students to learn many heart healthy facts, participate in acts of kindness, and the chance to watch a 3D film. In addition, students learned about some of our Heart Heroes including, Finn, Echo, Oscar, Sprinkles, Ruby, Splash, and Fiery. The 5th – 8th grade students were also involved in the fundraising efforts with their donations going towards the purchase of a shirt or socks from the American Heart Association.

These donations gave students a chance to participate in an assembly and play dodgeball against the Wheatland staff. A few lucky participants also were selected to throw a pie in the face of their favorite staff member. The final event took place on April 18 at a school assembly. There were many laughs and smiles from participants, staff, and spectators as students threw pies and balls for a great cause. While the event was very rewarding and fun,  it also allowed the community to model service and giving for Wheatland students.

Physical Education teachers Ryan Dahl and Bill Lois organized the event for the school and would like to thank everyone who participated.

“I am so grateful for the generosity of the Wheatland community,”
Lois said of the fundraising effort. “Every time we do something like this I am floored by the response. We live and work in a great place and I am very proud of that.”

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Units responding for crash in Paddock Lake

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At about 8:16 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding for a report of a crash at Highway 50 and Highway 75/83-south in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: This is a two vehicle crash with some injuries being reported.

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Units responding to Wilmot UHS for medical call

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At about 6:25 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to Wilmot Union High School for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient has fallen in the football stadium area.

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Deaths May 17, 2019: Carl “Ray” Gardner Sr.

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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A word from our sponsors: 2019 in-person registration dates for Junior Panthers Football & Cheerleading coming up

Note: Western Kenosha County Youth Football and Cheer Program is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Western Kenosha County Youth Football and Cheer Program Junior Panthers is thrilled to begin its 20th season.

Junior Panthers has scheduled in-person registrations at Jr. Panther World Headquarters, 307 Lake St. in downtown Silver Lake. Upcoming in person registration dates and times are:

  • May 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • May 30 from 6 to p.m.
  • June 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • June 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information or questions on tackle please contact Mike Gentile at wkcyfvptackle@gmail.com or for cheerleading questions contact Ashley Schaufel at wkcyfvpcheer@gmail.com.

More information on Junior Panthers football and cheerleading programs is available here.

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Deaths May 16, 2019: Raymond G. Stumpf

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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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Units responding for alarm in Twin Lakes

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At about 3:17 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units are responding to an alarm in the 600 block of Lake Street in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: This is a carbon monoxide alarm.

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Units responding for crash in Brighton

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At about 6:40 a.m., Kansasville Fire Department units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a crash at Highway 142 and Highway 75 in Brighton.

Per dispatch: Crash involves two vehicles, one of which is a school bus.

UPDATE 6:54 a.m. — One tow truck responding.

UPDATE 6:58 a.m. — Deputy reports to dispatch that he will be giving students on board a ride to school.

UPDATE 9:47 a.m. — Here’s a news release from the Sheriff’s Department:

“On May 16, 2019 at 6:37 am the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Kansasville Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of STH 142 and STH 75 for a crash involving a school bus, and a van. The school bus involved was transporting two students from Westosha Central High School. No injuries were reported during the investigation of this crash. It was determined that a Dousman Transport Company school bus was southbound on STH 75 making a left turn onto eastbound STH 142. A Grand Caravan traveling northbound on STH 75 stopped at the stop sign for STH 142 and continued north through the intersection as the school bus was finishing its left turn. The Grand Caravan struck the school bus resulting in damage to both vehicles. The operator of the Grand Caravan has been issued citations for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Revoked Driver’s License, Failure to Yield the Right of Way from a Stop Sign, and No Insurance. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department reminds all drivers to pay attention as they drive on Kenosha County roadways. Keeping our roadways safe for all especially our students and school buses is a priority for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. ”

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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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Deaths May 15, 2019: Lowell L. Lemmerhirt, Frank R. Slifka

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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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A word from our sponsors; Kenosha County ADRC hosting free Lunch & Learn for caregivers on May 30

Note: This is a paid announcement from the Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center.

The Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is offering a FREE Lunch & Learn for Caregivers on Thursday, May 30, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Westosha Senior Community Center, 19200 93rd St. (Highway C), Bristol.

The topic will be: Safety & Dementia, Practical Tips for Caregivers.

Soup, sandwiches, salad and fruit will be served as part of the senior dining program. Registration is required to meet dining needs.

For more information or to register please call the Kenosha County ADRC at 262-605-6646 OR 800-472-8008 to RSVP.

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Some Salem Lakes lakes under slow no wake

Several lakes within the boundaries of Salem Lakes are under slow no wake orders.

As of Wednesday, lakes that are under slow no wake are: Center Lake, Cross Lake and Lake Shangri-la, according to village President Diann Tesar’s Facebook page

Lakes that have had a slow no wake order lifted are Camp Lake, Hooker Lake and Voltz Lake. Those lakes were under a slow no wake last weekend.

Silver Lake remains open to regular boating.

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Car fire backs up traffic on I-94

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A car fire on I-94 near Highway KR backed up traffic on I-94 Wednesday morning.

The fire was reported around 11 a.m. Photographer Erin Pugh reports the vehicle was engulfed in flames in minutes. The driver is believed to have gotten out of the vehicle safely.

Traffic still was backed up on the interstate at 12:25 p.m.

Photos by Erin Pugh, used with permission.

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Wheatland Center School community comes together for Mental Health Awareness

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Wheatland Center School students and families celebrated National Children’s Mental Health Day on Monday, May 6.

School community members engaged in fun activities and games with their families while bringing awareness to the importance of mental health. Some of the highlights for the students were, Dunking Stigma at the Dunk Tank with some of their favorite teachers, and Taking Care of their Self at the Selfie Station with Willy the Warhawk.

The event ended with a walk in honor of all those who have ever been affected by mental health issues and to reinforce to our children that their mental health matters. Several Wheatland staff members and The Lake Geneva Wellness Clinic participated in the event to support Wheatland families.

This event served as a kick-off to the school’s mental health awareness week, which focused on a different theme each day. Students engaged in Mindful Monday, Talk About it Tuesday, Wellness Walk Wednesday, Thankful Thursday, and Family Friday. Students were encouraged to wear green on Friday in honor of mental health.

Emily Lynd, Wheatland’s pupil services director, said, “Our hope is that through these activities and an ongoing discussion about mental health, that we will be able to break down the stigma that prevents so many from accessing the early intervention and care that they need.”

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Deaths May 14, 2019: Nancy Marie (nee. Brenton) Brand, Franklin G. Schaefer

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:

Nancy Marie (nee. Brenton) Brand, 81, of Brighton, died May 13, 2019.

Franklin G. Schaefer, 83, of Paris, died May 11, 2019.

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

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Slow no wake ordered for Lilly Lake

The Wheatland Town Board on Monday evening unanimously imposed a slow no wake order on Lilly Lake.

The order is expected to stay in effect until at least June 10, when it will be reconsidered.

The town does not have a declared lake level at which a slow no wake order is issued for the lake. However, town officials believe the lake is near the level when a slow no order was last issued in July 2017, a year of historic rains that also raised the Fox River to a record crest.

The 2017 height when closed was 759.1 feet above mean sea level, said Mike Adam, who monitors the lake level for the town. Monday, the level was at 758.3.

The 2017 closure was enacted in mid July and was in effect for six weeks, said town Clerk Sheila Siegler.

Lilly Lake’s level tends to be more static than some other local lakes because it does not have an outlet in which to drain, said town Chairman Bill Glembocki.

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A word from our sponsor: Con of the Lakes 2019 coming to Twin Lakes June 22

Note: This is a paid announcement from
Con of the Lakes 2019 . — DH

Con of the Lakes 2019 on June 22 in Twin Lakes will give gaming fans a chance to indulge their favorite pastime and help raise money for a good cause at the same time.

Con of the Lakes was founded in 2017 to do two of our best things in the world: Gaming and giving back to the community.

In 2019, Con of the Lakes will be donating the proceeds to the Women’s and Children’s Horizons. Women and Children’s Horizons was established in 1976 and is the oldest incorporated shelter in Wisconsin.  Together with twenty two other women and men, the group set up WCH’s first 24 hour crisis line. Today WCH is a well respected agency in the Kenosha community and has broadened its mission and extended services well beyond the 24 hour crisis line.

Besides a full schedule of games, there also will be food for purchase and raffles.

Pre-event tickets for the event will be $20 per person. Tickets at the door are $25. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets will be limited to 110 attendees.

The end of the night Werewolf tournament will cost $5 to enter; the winning team (either villagers or werewolves) will win 50 percent of the pot from all players.

More info and tickets here.

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