Agenda: Salem School District board special and regular board meetings May 24, 2022

The Salem School District board is scheduled to hold special and regular board meetings Tuesday in the large group instruction room.

Both meetings also will be livestreamed here.

The special board meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. It’s agenda large consists of a noticed closed session to be held in the middle school library for:

  • Open enrollment.
  • Administrator contracts.

The full special meeting agenda is available here.

The regular meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the LGI.

Agenda items include:

  • Special Education Teacher Resignation
  • Grade Level Teacher Resignation
  • Physical Education Teacher Resignation
  • Student Services Director Contract
  • Physical Education Teacher Contracts
  • Speech and Language Pathologist Contract
  • Resolution Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of a $18,300,000 Bond Anticipation Note Pursuant to Section 67.12(1)(b), Wisconsin Statutes
  • Resolution Authorizing the Issuance and Establishing Parameters for the Sale of Not to Exceed $18,300,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds
  • Open Enrollment Update

The full regular meeting agenda is available here.

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Agenda: Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated Grade School District Board of Education meeting May 24, 2022

The Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated Grade School District Board of Education is scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the school library.

Agenda items include:

  • Open Enrollment – Request action.
  • Approval to purchase : Student and Teacher (chromebooks and ipads), Aid devices (laptops) and Cases (more info here).

The full agenda is available here (with links to background in some cases).

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Local fire departments responding for mutual aid to Lyons

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At about 3:05 p.m., Western Kenosha County fire departments are responding to a request for mutual aid from the Lyons Fire Department for a structure fire in the 5000 block of Warren Road.

Requested to respond are:

  • Town of Wheatland Fire Department with a tender.
  • Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue Lakes Fire/Rescue with an ambulance.
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Agenda: Joint School District #1 Silver Lake-Salem (Riverview School) board meeting May 23, 2022

The Joint School District #1 Silver Lake-Salem (Riverview School) board is scheduled to hold a regular meeting Monday, starting at 7 p.m. in the school library.

The meeting will be preceded by a closed session at 6:15 p.m. to collectively bargain or conduct specific business, including strategy sessions, directly related to collective bargaining.

Agenda items for the regular meeting include:

  • 2022-23 Budget Update
  • Approval of Open Enrollment Applications and Enrollment Update.

The full agenda is available here.

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A word from our sponsors: May 22, 2022 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):

8412 15th Ave, Kenosha

209 N 2nd St, Silver Lake

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Deaths May 21, 2022: Greta D. Menke

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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Agenda: Bristol Village Board regular meeting May 23, 2022

The Bristol Village Board is scheduled to hold a regular, semi-monthly meeting starting at 7 p.m. on Monday at Village Hall.

Agenda items include:

  • Consider for approval Resolution No. 2022-11: For Razing of Residence at 11713 212th Avenue in Bristol.
  • Consider for approval ORDINANCE NO. 16-1-41: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 13 OF THE VILLAGE OF BRISTOL MUNICIPAL CODE OF ORDINANCES, ADOPTED BY THE VILLAGE OF BRISTOL, WISCONSIN, WITH REFERENCE TO ZONING (located on the South side of 83rd Street (18700 block) West of Hwy D (184th Avenue) and on the West side of Hwy D (184th Avenue) just south of 83rd Street. (Whiskey India Holdings, LLC Adam Schwab).
  • Discuss and consider for approval ORDINANCE NO. 2022-3: AN ORDINANCE REGARDING BEEKEEPING IN THE VILLAGE OF BRISTOL.

The full agenda is available here.

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Bristol Challenge 4-H projects among recipients of Youth As Resources funding

Two projects from the Bristol Challenge 4-H Club were among those selected for this year’s Youth As Resources funding

United Way of Kenosha County recently announce funding towards 14 youth-led service projects in conjunction with Youth As Resources (YAR) and in partnership with University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. YAR funds youth-designed and youth-led community service projects in Kenosha County with youth speaking up for and addressing community needs.

The local projects are:

  • Bristol Challenge 4H — Blankets for Sharing Center: The Bristol Challenge 4-H club shopped for supplies and then cut fabric to make fleece tie blankets to be delivered to families at The Sharing Center in Trevor. Bristol Challenge 4-H — Children without a Bed: The Bristol Challenge 4-H club shopped for supplies and created packages for children receiving beds through Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

“During my time on the Youth As Resources Board, I have gained many valuable leadership skills that will last a lifetime,” says Abbey Proctor, YAR Vice-President and eleventh grade student. “My involvement with YAR has also allowed me to see firsthand the impact that youth can have on their community – it is amazing what can be accomplished when youth are given a voice and the means to create positive change.”

The YAR Board consists of nine high school members and three adult members, with all executive officer positions being fulfilled by student members. The program fosters complete youth involvement, including not only leading the approved service projects but also reviewing and allocating grant funds.

“Being in YAR for the past three years has been one of the greatest experiences of high school,” says Justus Wilhoit, YAR President and twelfth grade student. “My leadership and communications skills have grown, and I have been fortunate enough to help with the development of the Shalom Center pavilion, numerous book drives, and donations to 4H and low income families during the winter season.” In total, roughly five thousand dollars was awarded across the 14 service projects.

Information about the other awarded projects is available here.

United Way of Kenosha County fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person. For almost 100 years, UWKC has created positive change throughout Kenosha County by mobilizing the caring power of the community, improving lives, and striving for lasting, positive transformation. Through partnerships and collaborations, UWKC both supports local initiatives with an annual community investment process and manages programs such as Readers are Leaders, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, SingleCare Prescription Discounts and more.

Kenosha County Youth as Resources was developed out of a need – a need to make the youth of Kenosha County feel more connected to their community. YAR is youth-led board and a grant-giving program that funds youth-designed community service projects in Kenosha County. Youth, with guidance from adults, design projects to address a community need and apply to YAR grants, which are awarded up to $500 to fund supplies for the project. The Youth as Resources Board reads all applications, invites youth groups to present project proposals, and allocates funds. For more information, visit kenosha.extension.wisc.edu/youth/yar

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Happening now: Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association “Hidden Treasures Sale” outdoor garage sale

Note: This is a paid announcement from the Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association. — DH

Don’t let the off and on rain discourage you from visiting the Twin Lakes Area Chamber “Hidden Treasures Sale” outdoor garage sale event May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sellers have devised various clever ways of keeping their wares dry, but still browsable.

The event is taking place rain or shine at the chamber parking lot, 349 E. Main St., Twin Lakes.

Another good reason to visit? The chamber is selling brats, hot dogs and burgers.

Everyone is welcome!

Calvary UUC is at the Hidden Treasurers Garage Sale collecting textiles for LivingWaters Charity. Bring clothes, drapes, blankets, any fabric items to be donated to the needy or recycled into other products. Stains are OK, but they must be washed.

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A word from our sponsors: May 21, 2022 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):

8412 15th Ave, Kenosha

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2022 Central HS WSMA State Solo & Ensemble Festival results

Jazz Central/Submitted photo

Central High School Band had 76 students perform in 24 events at the State Solo & Ensemble Festival, held on Saturday, May 7 at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. 

Twenty CHS events received a 1 rating, including Jazz Central, the Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Saxophone Choir. 

Saxophone Duet by Tyler Schoolcraft and Logan Piktel. /Submitted photo
CHS Brass Ensemble /Submitted photo
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Wheatland approves road paving for 2022

The Wheatland Town Board on Monday approved hiring the Kenosha County Division of Highways to pave town roads in two subdivisions in 2022.

Included are:

  • 351st Ave., 67th St., 349th Ave., 69th St. in the development at the southeast corner of Geneva Road and Highway KD. 
  • 373rd Ave., 65th St., 375th Ave – Koch’s Rollingbrooke Manor Subdivision.

Town Clerk Sheila Siegler explained the county bills for time and materials used and does not submit a bid in advance, like private companies do. But past experience with the county doing paving work means town officials trust the county’s billing system and are confident the work will be affordable.

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Word from our sponsors: Twin Lakes Area Chamber hosting “Hidden Treasures Sale” outdoor garage sale event May 21

Note: This is a paid announcement from the Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association. — DH

Have some stuff you’d like to get rid of and make a little extra cash? How about the chance to browse many garage sale offerings at one location?

The Twin Lakes Area Chamber “Hidden Treasures Sale” outdoor garage sale event May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is for you.

The event will take place rain or shine at the chamber parking lot, 349 E. Main St., Twin Lakes.

The chamber will be selling food. Everyone is welcome!

Calvary UUC will be at the Hidden Treasurers Garage Sale collecting textiles for LivingWaters Charity. Bring clothes, drapes, blankets, any fabric items to be donated to the needy or recycled into other products. Stains are ok but they must be washed

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2022 Christ Lutheran Church Rummage Sale is May 20 and 21

The Christ Lutheran Church Rummage Sale will take place Friday, May 20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be a Bag Sale & Half Price Sale on Saturday. Items available include clothes, glassware, toys, books and furniture.

The church is located at 24929 75th Street Paddock Lake.

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Kevin Kitslaar named new Central HS principal

Kevin Kitslaar

Central High School District of Westosha made the following announcement Thursday regarding the hiring of a new principal:

Westosha Central welcomes Kevin Kitslaar as the school’s new principal effective July 1, 2022. Mr. Kitslaar will be replacing outgoing Principal Dale Van Keuren. Mr. Kitslaar joins Westosha Central with twenty years of experience in education; fourteen of those years have been in administration. Most recently, he spent the past three years as the principal at Waukesha South High School while also overseeing the Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy and Waukesha Academy of Health Professions.

Mr. Kitslaar brings experience working with parents and the community, and he is looking forward to bringing his practice of collaboration with students, staff, and parents to Westosha Central to continue building on our strong reputation and traditions.

Mr. Kitslaar was selected after multiple rounds of interviews that included administration, teachers, support staff, and students. All stakeholders were impressed with Mr. Kitslaar’s passion and vision for student growth and learning. He possesses a strong commitment to communication and collaboration with parents, staff, and students.

During his time at Waukesha South, Mr. Kitslaar has facilitated the professional growth of staff aimed at enhancing instructional strategies and opportunities for students. Mr. Kitslaar’s educational background and well-rounded leadership experiences will help him build on the great things happening at Westosha Central High School while bringing new ideas with the goal of making Westosha Central the top high school in Wisconsin.

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Local fire departments responding for mutual aid to Eagle

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 10:24 a.m., local fire departments are responding to a request for mutual aid from the Kettle Moraine Fire District for a fire in Eagle.

Local units will be mustering at Bristol Fire and Rescue. Requested to respond, all with tenders, are:

  • Bristol Fire and Rescue.
  • Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue.
  • Twin Lakes Fire Department.
  • Paris Fire and Rescue.
  • Randall Fire Department.
  • Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue.

UPDATE 10:35 a.m. — Area media are reporting that Kettle Moraine Fire District is fighting a fire started by an explosion at a commercial property.

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Wheatland may revisit clerk & treasurer referendum — after public education effort

Wheatland town officials seemed ready Monday to try again to pass a referendum to make the town clerk and town treasurer appointed, but his time after more effort to explain the move, its advantages to the town and the motivation behind it.

“We will work to get more people educated,” said town Chairman Bill Glembocki.

In April, town voters defeated a referendum that would have been the first step of changing the positions from being filled by election to being appointed by the Town Board.

At Monday’s board meeting, officials expressed some sense that voters may not have understood the issue and the board’s motivation and wanted to try again, perhaps in conjunction with the August primary election or November general election.

Glembocki acknowledged the issue should have been discussed more so it was not viewed as a conspiracy or a power play.

Supervisor Kelly Wilson summarized the differences between appointed and elected clerks:

  • Elected clerks have to be town residents, cannot be required by the Town Board to hold specific qualifications or obtain training (unless required by state law), can be recalled from office like other elected officials and are elected to two-year terms in odd numbered years.
  • Appointed clerks do not have to be town residents, can have required qualifications set by the Town Board, can be removed by the board for cause during a term or not re-appointed at the end of a term and can be appointed for a maximum term of three years at a time.

The change is being prompted by long-time Clerk Sheila Siegler potentially not running for re-election in the future, though she has not made a formal announcement of her intentions.

“My term is ending in April (2023),” Siegler said Monday. “I’m not leaving before then.”

Glembocki had high praise for Siegler’s work as clerk.

“We’ve been very lucky we have had Sheila since 1977,” Glembocki said. “All I ever get is compliments about the job this woman does here.”

But leaving the position elected means the town could end up with an inexperienced and unqualified individual who happens to win an election, Glembocki explained.

“If you leave this an elected postion, you could get an 18 year old that didn’t even pass math get elected and that would be our clerk in the town of Wheatland,” Glembocki said.

Siegler emphasized that an elected clerk is only bound to perform the duties in state statutes, but that practically in a one-person office she does much more. An elected clerk in the future could not be compelled to do so.

“If you’re the only person in the office, you have a lot of extra duties,” Siegler said.

A key component of having an appointed clerk would be not being limited to town residents to find a qualified individual.

“Your choices if you’re electing can be pretty slim,” Siegler said.

Of the eight Western Kenosha County municipalities, only Wheatland and Brighton currently have elected clerks and treasurers (both roles are combined in one person in Brighton).

Deborah Vos, the town treasurer for 25 years, said Monday she might run for one more term.

While the board said they are willing to hold more discussion and other informational events, Siegler also encouraged voters who have questions about the issue to reach out to town officials.

“If people had questions, I’d wish they would ask,” Siegler said.

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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 18, 2022: Dennis James Bilinksi

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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Prayer event for Ukraine planned in Paddock Lake May 20

Westosha Lakes Church is hosting a night of prayer, worship and giving for Ukraine on Friday, May 20, starting at 7 p.m. in the all-purpose room at Central High School in Paddock Lake.

Everyone is welcome, banding together to pray for the nation of Ukraine. Includes praying for national leaders, those displaced, those serving in capacities of harboring refugees or fighting, orphaned children and the trauma they are all enduring. Opportunities to give or donate will be available as well.

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Units responding for down wires in Twin Lakes

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At about 8:45 a.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units and Twin Lakes Police officers are responding to a report of a possible transformer fire and wires down in the 100 block of East Main Street in Twin Lakes.

UPDATE 8:50 a.m. — Unit on the scene reports small fire at base of utility pole.

UPDATE — The village Facebook page posted this photo:

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Twin Lakes approves 2022 road projects bid

The Twin Lakes Village Board on Monday awarded the 2022 road projects to Asphalt Contractors, Inc. of Union Grove.

Asphalt Contractors had submitted the low bid of $991,581.50.

This year’s work includes paving and related work at:

  • Indian Point Road from Highway O to the east end.
  • Barry Road from Wilmot Avenue to Highway EM.
  • Hunt Avenue from Burden Avenue to Highway O.
  • Thomas Court from Pawley Avenue to terminus.
  • Pawley Avenue from Lance Drive to Richter Court.
  • The sewer department driveway and other pavement at the waste water treatment facility/
  • Driveways at lift stations 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10.

The village engineer had estimated a cost of $910,803 for the work, but costs increased due to inflation in the industry as well as the addition of approximately 1,200 feet of paving on Indian Point Road and the addition of a dry hydrant for fire department access off of Pawley Avenue, said a memo to the village administrator from Gregory Droessler, engineer.

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A word from our sponsors: Washburn Lodge #145 to host pork chop dinner May 21

/Photo by Ruth Livingstone via freeimages.com

Note: This is a paid announcement from Washburn Lodge #145. — DH

Please join Washburn Lodge #145, 8102 199th Ave., in Bristol, for an unparalleled Grilled Pork Chop Dinner, on Saturday May 21, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

These beautiful cuts are hand-rubbed with the lodge’s secret rub, and grilled to juicy perfection on the exclusive grill! $15.00 for a 2 chop dinner includes green beans, baked potato, dinner roll, apple sauce, home-made dessert, beverage of your choice, and coffee ($12.00 for a 1 chop dinner).

Dine in or carry-out! Cash only Please!

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Deaths May 17, 2022: William K. Moss, Thomas A. McHugh, Jeffrey Lawrence Schmeckel

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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Wheatland to lower speed limit on portion of Geneva Road

The Wheatland Town Board voted Monday to lower the speed limit on a portion of Geneva Road (old Highway 50) through New Munster.

The board unanimously agreed to lower the speed limit to 25 mph along Geneva Road between 341st Ave and 347th Avenue.

Town Clerk Sheila Siegler said the change will have to be formalized by the passing of an ordinance, likely at the next board meeting.

To help drive home the point of the lowered speed, Siegler raised the possibility of installing a sign that displays the speed of passing vehicles. That purchase could be made through COVID relief funds the town received.

“That, I think would be a good use of the money,” Siegler said. The relief funds can only be used for certain purposes, but she believes the sign would qualify.

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Agenda: Paddock Lake Village Board regular meeting May 18, 2022

The Paddock Lake Village Board is scheduled to hold a regular meeting Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building (Village Hall).

Among the agenda items are:

  • Appoint Trustee Brickner to the Community Library Board for a term of 1 year.
  • Approve Resolution #R22-03, approving the 2021 Compliance Maintenance Annual Report for the sanitary sewer plant.

The full agenda is available here.

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Local fire department responding for mutual aid to Antioch, Ill

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 3:44 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue is responding to a request for mutual aid to the Antioch Fire Department for a structure fire in the 1100 block of Meadow Lake Court in Antioch.

Per dispatch: Salem Lakes requested to respond with an engine.

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Agenda: Bristol School District #1 regular board meeting May 18, 2022

The Bristol School District #1 board is scheduled to hold a regular meeting Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m. in the school library.

The meeting also will be livestreamed here.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Approve Open Enrollment “In” Applications and Approve Open Enrollment “Out” Applications.
  • Resolution Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of a $22,300,000 Bond Anticipation Note Pursuant to Section 67.12(1)(b), Wisconsin Statutes and Resolution Authorizing the Issuance (background here and here).
  • Establishing Parameters for the Sale of Not to Exceed $22,300,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds (background here and here).
  • Resolution Appointing Associated Trust Company, National Association to Serve as Fiscal Agent in Connection with the General Obligation School Improvement Bonds, dated June 18, 2013 (background here and here).

The agenda also includes a notice of a closed session for: District Administrator Evaluation and Former Employee Fringe Benefits.

The full agenda is available here.

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A word from our sponsors: The Sharing Center seeking Bilingual Office Manager

Note: This is a paid announcement from The Sharing Center. — DH

The Sharing Center, located in Trevor, WI is a full-service resource and crisis center serving Western Kenosha County. If you have a heart for serving others and would like to help meet the ever-changing needs of our community, the Sharing Center is now accepting applications for a Bilingual Office Manager.

This position is responsible for administrative functions and specifically expanding programming and assisting Spanish-speaking participants.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Program creation and facilitation to meet the needs of the Hispanic community
  • Directly assisting Center participants
  • Food Pantry management
  • Community outreach
  • Answering phones
  • Data and donation management
  • Serving as a liaison to outside vendors
  • Literature creation, organization, and distribution

The ideal candidate is a well-spoken, self-starter with relevant life experience, able to work in diverse environments and adapt to frequently changing situations.

The Sharing Center offers flexible hours, PTO, highly competitive wage, paid holidays, and a 403b retirement plan.

Please email resume or CV to spomaville@thesharingcenter.net or call 262-298-5535 to learn more.

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Word from our sponsors: Twin Lakes Area Chamber hosting “Hidden Treasures Sale” outdoor garage sale event May 21

Note: This is a paid announcement from the Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association. — DH

Have some stuff you’d like to get rid of and make a little extra cash? How about the chance to browse many garage sale offerings at one location?

The Twin Lakes Area Chamber “Hidden Treasures Sale” outdoor garage sale event May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is for you.

The event will take place rain or shine at the chamber parking lot, 349 E. Main St., Twin Lakes.

The chamber will be selling food. Everyone is welcome!

Calvary UUC will be at the Hidden Treasurers Garage Sale collecting textiles for LivingWaters Charity. Bring clothes, drapes, blankets, any fabric items to be donated to the needy or recycled into other products. Stains are ok but they must be washed

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